An evaluation of the High Point, North Carolina Cities in Schools program

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Alfreda Ellis McCausley (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Charles M. Achilles

Abstract: Dropout prevention programs evolved because of the high rate of students who terminated their education before high school graduation. These programs focused on addressing the unique needs of at-risk students. High Point, North Carolina Cities in Schools (CIS) Program, a dropout prevention program, sought to decrease the dropout rate of High Point Central High School students by providing on-site services to program participants who were identified as at-risk. The purpose of this formative evaluation was to provide feedback to the CIS Program and other stakeholders relative to the progress made toward the program's stated objectives. Data were collected from the program’s 40 participants, 23 students in the comparison group, eight parents of CIS participants, 28 tutors, 10 teachers, three repositioned staff members, the secretary/administrative assistant, and evaluator. Student evaluation participants ranged in ages from 14 to 18 years old and represented Caucasian, American Indian, and Black races. A nonequivalent control group design was used. Students’ attendance records, grade reports, and suspension records yielded attendance, academic, and behavior data. The Coopersmith (1987} Self-Esteem Inventories provided data related to self-esteem. Questionnaires and interviews provided opportunities for respondents to share their perceptions of the program progress. The evaluator's observations afforded opportunities for data to be collected from an unbiased source.

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Language: English
Date: 1991
High school dropouts $z North Carolina $z High Point
Dropouts $z North Carolina $z High Point
Dropout behavior, Prediction of

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