Investigating the success of a school-within-a-school model for dropout prevention : Goshen High School's freshman academy for at-risk students

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dc.contributor.advisor McKinney, Joseph R. en_US Royer, Marceil L. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:30:33Z 2011-06-03T19:30:33Z 2007 en_US 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 2007 .R69 en_US
dc.description.abstract The success of small schools in maintaining higher graduation rates has been well documented (Schneider, 2002; Cotton, 1996; Raywid, 1996). This researcher investigated the effectiveness of a small school strategy implemented in a large school setting through the school-within-a school model for reducing the dropout rate, specifically as investigated through an Indiana high school's freshman academy for at-risk students, as an effective intervention for reducing the dropout rate. Data from Goshen High Schools' graduation rates of selected cohorts from the classes 2006 and 2007 were obtained for evaluating the school-within-a-school model as an effective intervention for reducing the dropout rate.Quasi-experimental research was completed with a comparison group of at-risk students and an intervention group of at-risk students who had the advantage of the freshman academy intervention. Five hypotheses were proposed. T-tests were completed on the at-risk indicators of student attendance, credits earned in ninth grade, and disciplinary referrals. Chi-square tests were conducted comparing cohort data on the graduation rate and the pass rate for the Graduation Qualifying Exam. Findings from a t-test indicated the school-within-school model of freshman academy was statistically significant in increased credits earned.The literature review compiled research on the high school dropout problem, problems in gathering accurate data figures on dropouts or graduation rate, the role of NoChild Left Behind (NCLB) on graduation rate accountability, factors identifying students at-risk for dropout intervention (attendance, disciplinary referrals, and grade retention), and research on the school-within-school structural reform.The sample for this study was selected from two cohorts of students based on eighth grade failure on the Indiana Standards Test of Educational Progress. Seventy-five students from the future classes of 2006 and 2007 were identified as students at-risk of academic failure.Student data collected from these cohorts indicated positive trends on absence, disciplinary referrals, and graduation rate. There was a statistically significant difference in the number of credits earned. Recommendations for continuing the school-within school intervention with a distinct identity were discussed. A call for future research on the school-within-school model included ideas for qualitative study, research on a larger scale or over several years of graduating cohorts. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Leadership
dc.format.extent ix, 134 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Alternative education -- Indiana -- Goshen. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dropouts -- Indiana -- Goshen -- Prevention. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh At-risk youth -- Education (Secondary) -- Indiana -- Goshen. en_US
dc.title Investigating the success of a school-within-a-school model for dropout prevention : Goshen High School's freshman academy for at-risk students en_US Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
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