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ERIC Number: ED540875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
Survey and Analysis of Alternative Education Programs II
Hosley, Nathaniel S.; Hosley, Jessica; Thein, Myint
Center for Rural Pennsylvania
This research is a follow up to a similar study published by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania in 2003 in which researchers examined alternative education policies and practices among Pennsylvania school districts. The current study extended the previous research to include information on the perceptions of administrators and teachers on the progress made by alternative schools to meet the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It also included a financial analysis of the Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) funding process in Pennsylvania. To complete the study, the researchers surveyed school administrators and teachers to describe and analyze alternative education practices in the state and to report the impact of NCLB on alternative education practices. The researchers used data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to complete the financial analysis. According to the study results, administrators and teachers viewed alternative education programs as moderately effective in improving academic performance and school attendance, changing target behaviors, assisting students in the development of academic goals, and reducing dropout, truancy, and disruptive behavior. The research also indicated the potential for sizeable economic costs over time of having to support students who do not graduate dramatic over time. The study also emphasized the need for financial support of alternative education programs. Creative school districts, intermediate units and private providers are, by every indication, doing a great deal with very little funding. The results of this study indicate that administrators and teachers believe that alternative education programs in Pennsylvania are effective and that the programs should continue to focus on the reengagement of disruptive and at-risk students in academics so that they may succeed in school and lead productive lives after leaving school. (Contains 15 tables and 4 footnotes.) [For the related report "Survey and Analysis of Alternative Education Programs," see ED478724.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001