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ERIC Number: ED522072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-12
Pages: 63
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
Study of Effective Alternative Education Programs: Final Grant Report
Quinn, Mary Magee; Poirier, Jeffrey M.
American Institutes for Research
This report presents findings of a study conducted to identify the components of systems that effectively meet the diverse, ever changing needs of children with disabilities for whom traditional school settings do not work. A secondary goal of this study was to develop a conceptually clear and empirically grounded definition of alternative schools. Field experts and members of the study's Expert Panel assisted with identifying alternative programs recognized as exemplary in terms of their effectiveness in working with at-risk students. In addition to expert opinions about exemplary programs, an important selection criterion was the availability of data on program effectiveness. Using this process, three alternative education systems were identified and selected. Positive outcomes of these programs include improved student attendance rates; student improvement on evaluations of their functioning; high percentages of students reporting that they are motivated to succeed and that their program involvement helped improve their lives; and parental satisfaction with, and involvement in, the programs. The report is organized into seven sections: (1) Background information on the grant including a description of the study, its goals and objectives as defined in the grant proposal, modifications approved by the Federal Project Officer, and problems encountered and solutions; (2) The authors' approach to carry out this study including the methodology and sampling used for data collection efforts, and the instruments selected for this research; (3) Three sections on findings beginning with the literature review, followed by quantitative and then qualitative findings; (4) A summary of study-related dissemination activities; and (5) A discussion of implications for policy, practice, and research and recommendations. Appended are: (1) Publications and Presentations; and (2) Alternative Schools Strand Sessions of the International Child & Adolescent Conference XII. (Contains 14 tables, 8 figures and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research
Identifiers - Location: California; Texas; United States