ERIC Number: ED482421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
A National Evaluation of the Success of an Alternative Middle School Model for Urban Children of Color.
Fenzel, L. Mickey; Deal, Debby
The present study is a pilot investigation of six alternative urban middle schools for students of color that follow the Nativity model. This model emphasizes small class and school size, extended instruction, and strong relationships with family. The six schools included in the study are found in five different urban locations in the United States. In five of the six schools, students showed improvements in standardized test scores in reading and mathematics that exceeded one grade level per year and high grade 6-to-8 persistence rates. Across all schools, student academic performance was found to be related to principals' perceptions of parents' commitment to their children's education, students' social maturity ratings, ratings of students' leadership, and, to a lesser extent, student academic effort. School data show that student academic performance was related negatively to school size, average class size, and student-teacher ratio and positively to the expenditure for teacher salaries per student. This preliminary research will serve to inform a more extensive investigation of the model to include factors such as the quality of administrative leadership and teaching. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Class Size, Expenditure per Student, Family School Relationship, Leadership Qualities, Mathematics Skills, Middle Schools, Minority Group Children, Nontraditional Education, Parent Participation, Principals, Reading Skills, Scores, Standardized Tests, Teacher Salaries, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 24, 2003).