Presentation on theme: "Youth in Alternative Learning Settings School Context and Climate: Perceptions, Behaviors and Experiences."— Presentation transcript:
Youth in Alternative Learning Settings School Context and Climate: Perceptions, Behaviors and Experiences
MSS in Alternative Learning Settings Participation includes all ALC/ALP students in grades 7 through 12 –Students who are dual enrolled participate only once Secondary Survey Instrument
MSS Alternative Learning Settings Report Matched sample by age, gender and race/ethnicity Includes the following topics: –F–Family Characteristics and Experiences –S–School Context and Climate –O–Out of School Time Activities and Community –H–Health Behaviors –M–Mental Health –V–Victimization –A–Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug use –O–Other Risk Behaviors –S–Sexual Activity
School Context and Climate Feelings towards school Teachers interest and respect Post-secondary school plans Grades Truancy, attendance and mobility School climate and perceptions of safety Victimization Bullying experiences Weapons at school
Conclusions Overall students in alternative learning settings report similar experiences to their mainstream peers, such as feeling safe at school and having plans to go to college. Students in alternative learning settings: –Witness less racial harassment of their peers –Experience less physical and sexual victimization at school –Report being truant in the previous month or having changed schools in the previous year more often than their peers These indicators show that the alternative learning settings have succeeded at creating a more positive school climate and have potential lessons that could applied to youth in the traditional public schools.