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Using both quantitative and qualitative analyses, an evaluation of Westside Performance Learning Center (PLC) was completed. The central research question was, “Do students enrolled in the PLC experience a positive change in grades, behavior, and attendance?” T-tests comparing the conventional school and the PLC indicated that there was a statistically significant improvement in grades and behavior. Additionally, a focus group conducted with a sample of students at the PLC indicated that program structure, students’ relationships with faculty/staff, and general school environment had a positive impact on grades, behavior, and attendance. We also considered the effects of mentoring and incentives on the students. Recommendations for program improvement were also discussed.
Capece, Michael; Vis, Debra; Lester, Peggy; Hilson, Felicia; Crawford, Samantha; Miller, David; Strozier, Kelly; Thomas, Herbertta; and Wilson, Teresa
"Evaluation of an “Alternative” School in South Georgia: Does It Improve Grades, Behavior, and Attendance?,"
Georgia Educational Researcher:
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