The Effects of Academic Career Magnet Education on High Schools and Their Graduates

R. L. Crain, A. Allen, R. Thaler, D. Sullivan, G. Zellman, J. W. Little, D. D. Quigley

Career magnets attract students by offering to simultaneously prepare them for college and provide them with an introduction to a career. This study examines a group of career magnet schools that have had some success in educating low and moderate income minority and immigrant students. Their success seems to hinge on the schools' ability to help students through the process of adolescent identity development. Students strongly profit from the chance to become "really good at something." Essays by seven researchers address graduation rates, academic effects, student experience, the career magnet environment, and school-to-work transition and adolescent development. The study is based on an analysis of over nine thousand student records, and surveys and interviews with career magnet graduates.

MDS-779 / February 1999

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