Interim Evaluation of In-District Alternative Education High School Programs.Report as inadecuate

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An evaluation was conducted of educational opportunities offered by in-district alternative education option programs for at-risk students who have dropped out or are at risk of school failure in the Portland Public Schools, Oregon. This interim report describes the evaluation plan, purpose, and methodology, and highlights enrollment, attendance, and achievement data gathered on the in-district alternative programs during fall and winter 2002. Nine high school programs were evaluated using data from a variety of sources. Profiles were prepared for each program to give a status report on program attendance, achievement, and behavioral objectives in the middle of the 2002-2003 school year. Findings show that by and large, the alternative programs are effectively and efficiently serving the special educational needs of a select group of high school students. Without these programs, the district would probably face an even greater dropout rate in the comprehensive high schools. In the second half of the 2002-2003 school year, the evaluators will gather posttest academic achievement and behavioral survey data and will gather attendance and retention information. Baseline achievement test results will be compared to those of spring 2003. Results of this evaluation should help guide the direction of further high school reform initiatives in the Portland Public Schools. (Contains 1 figure, 10 tables, and 9 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Dropout Prevention, Enrollment, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Test Results

Author: Mitchell, Stephanie; Waiwaiole, Gayle


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