Alternative School Transition: The Zoomerang Survey

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On taking the “Alternative School Transition” survey at Zoomerang (Market Tools Inc., 2010) and viewing the feedback, one gets the sense that the views of respondents are mixed. This springs partly from the fact that the alternative school in question is new and the learning curve undoubtedly steep. As well, exogenous risk factors such as dysfunctional family life and socio-economic deprivation persist beyond the ability of special education teams to solve over the short term.

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This is evident even in the very first question about whether students should automatically revert after a year to their regular school environment despite not meeting the goals and objectives for which they were referred to the alternative school in the first place (Table 1 below). One in six survey respondents so disliked the idea that he/she gave no further explanation. It is as if the idea has no merit and brooks no discussion at all.

Data analysis proceeded by coding the verbatim explanations into a complete and distinctive set of categories. More often than not (33% of respondents or 2 in 5 objecting to automatic return to home school environments), the reason given was that it was counterproductive. The underlying attitude seems to be that the student should have resolved all the disruptive behaviors that triggered a referral to special education in the first place.

Other respondents were adamant that the student referred for special education should at least have evinced substantial progress against the goals and objectives at the start of alternative schooling.

Table 1

Whether Students Sent to Alternative School for Disruptive Behavior Should be Allowed to Return to the Regular School Environment Despite Not Meeting Alternative School Goals and Objectives

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% #
Unqualified agreement 0% 0
Unqualified disapproval 17% 1
Conditioned on: 83% 4
Counterproductive, Must meet all goals and objectives 33% 2
Have met most critical goals about disruptive behavior 17% 1
Made significant progress 17% 1
Some success at replacement behavior 17% 1
Not if they still put others at risk 17% 1
TOTAL 100% 6

What Alternative School Staff Can Do to Help Students Transition Back to the Regular School Environment

Table 2: Recommendations for Easing Return to Regular School Environment.

Actions to Optimize results % #
Counseling on proximate causes 17% 1
Treat with respect 17% 1
Imbue with value of education 17% 1
Teach study habits and organization anew 17% 1
Give orientation on what to expect 33% 2
Accompanied orientation in regular school 33% 2
Spend transition time at regular school 33% 2
Continue to spend some time at alternative school 17% 1
Continuous monitoring 17% 1
Inter-school communication 17% 1
TOTAL 100% 6

Beliefs about High Recidivism Rate

Table 3: Perceived Reasons for Recidivism.

Why Problems Recur % #
Triggers remain 17% 1
Harmful peer pressure 50% 3
Prevalence of gangs 33% 2
Dysfunctional home 33% 2
Unsupportive parent(s) 17% 1
Financial hardship 17% 1
Learning disabilities 17% 1
Poor self-efficacy 17% 1
Neglect difficult homework 17% 1
More accommodating alternative school climate 17% 1
TOTAL 100% 6

On Increasing Communication with the Student’s Regular Zoned School’s Teachers and Staff

Preferred Channels for Increasing Communication Between Alternative and Regular School Staff.
Figure 1: Preferred Channels for Increasing Communication Between Alternative and Regular School Staff.

Overall Rating of Effectiveness

Effectiveness Rating -- How Well AS Staff Prepare Students for Regular School Environment.
Figure 2: Effectiveness Rating — How Well AS Staff Prepare Students for Regular School Environment.

Reference

Market Tools Inc. (2010). Alternative school transition. Web.

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