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NCJ Number: 76825 Find in a Library
Title: Orleans Parish School Board's Student Action Center - Final Evaluation
Author(s): J L AshcraftFoulks S
Corporate Author: New Orleans Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
United States of America
Project Director: S Foulks
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: Louisiana Cmssn on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice
Baton Rouge, LA 708021-313
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New Orleans Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
New Orleans, LA 70130
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 76-J9-91-0407; 79-J9-J3-0063; 80-J9-J3-0003
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A program to reduce truancy and criminal involvement among students in a middle school and a junior high school in the New Orleans, La., is evaluated.
Abstract: The program, which operated from January 1978 through May 1980, was centered in an apartment in a public housing project near the two schools. Students considered by their teachers to be truants were referred to the program. They received counseling, tutoring, and other services aimed at resolving the problems associated with truancy. The program provided services to 204 students, or just over half the number it expected to serve. All were black, over half were males, and the average age at intake was 14 years; about half were at a grade level below that appropriated for their age, and 98 percent read below the appropriate level. Students took part in the program for an average of 10 months each and received an average of 49 services. Poor parental guidance and poor regard for education were the two problems most often associated with poor attendance. Comparisons of attendance and arrests before and after involvement was reduced. Nevertheless, the program failed to serve the intended number of students and did not yield data indicating the causes of truancy and the most effective responses to it. Such information would be useful as a guide to future program development in this area. Tables and footnotes are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Counseling; Evaluation; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Louisiana; Program evaluation; Services effectiveness; Truancy
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