A Study of the Effects of a Freshman Transitional Program on Student Learning at an Urban Title I High School
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The purpose ofthis study was to examine the effectiveness of Freshman Transition Teams, often referred to as Freshman Academies, on student learning, as indicated by the following: grade point average (GP A), promotion rates and retention rates, attendance rates, the number of behavior referrals and the number of out of school suspensions. The study was conducted during the four year, or fourth phase, of the Freshman Academy Program at an urban southeastern Wisconsin high school; data from the first three phases of the Academy, which spanned three years, was used. Results indicated that though grade point average was not impacted, promotion rates and attendance rates improved. Likewise, there was an improvement in students' attitudes about school indicated by the decrease in behavior referrals and out of school suspensions.
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