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ERIC Number: ED496200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-16
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
High School Redirection. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"High School Redirection" is an alternative high school program for youth considered at risk of dropping out. The program emphasizes basic skills development (with a particular focus on reading skills) and offers limited extra-curricular activities. The schools operate in economically disadvantaged areas and serve students who have dropped out in the past, who are teen parents, who have poor test scores, or who are over-age for their grade. To foster a sense of community, the schools are small and teachers are encouraged to act as mentors as well as instructors. Two studies of "High School Redirection" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards and one study met WWC evidence standards with reservations. The three randomized controlled trials included more than 1,600 students in Stockton, California; Wichita, Kansas; and Cincinnati, Ohio. "High School Redirection" was found to have mixed effects on staying in school, potentially positive effects on progressing in school, and no discernible effects on completing school. The Wichita and Cincinnati studies met WWC evidence standards while the Stockton study met WWC evidence standards with reservations. (Contains 9 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Dynarski, M., & Wood, R. (1997). "Helping high-risk youth: Results from the Alternative Schools Demonstration Program. Princeton," NJ: Mathematica Policy Research.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Kansas; Ohio
IES Funded: Yes