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In 1996, North Carolina began a 5-year evaluation of Alternative Learning Programs (ALPs). This report describes selected outcomes for students who participated in ALPs during 1995-96. These outcomes include performance on North Carolina End-of-Grade tests (elementary school) and performance on the End-of-Course(EOC) tests (high school) for Algebra 1, English 1, and Biology. Dropout information is also provided. Only about 10% of ALP students were proficient in these three EOC tests, in comparison with about 40 to 50% of the overall student population in North Carolina. The same was true with the End-of-Grade tests, with ALP students performing well below the general student population. There was generally more growth in end-of-grade scores for students with longer contact with ALPs. Findings show that ALP students have significant educational deficiencies that put them at risk of failure. ALP programs may be helping students improve academically, but they are also dealing with significant behavioral problems that take time away from academic instruction. Data also suggest that early intervention is most likely to be successful with ALP students. (Contains 22 figures.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Algebra, Behavior Problems, Biology, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, English, High Risk Students, Nontraditional Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Characteristics, Test Results

Author: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services-Research.


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