Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1990

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Larry Wald

Second Committee Member

Jack L. McPherson

Third Committee Member

James G. Green


The purpose of this study was to identify priority components and measurement standards of an effective K-6 At-Risk Program, then develop a resource guide for At-Risk program managers. A survey was sent to the Washington school districts with at-risk programs in place, as identified by the "Student Retention and Retrieval Program" handbook issued by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The survey was successful in helping identify the most effective program components: individual and small group counseling, classroom presentations with published materials, parent education, attendance monitoring, and peer/adult tutors. Evaluation standards vary according to program components and generally rely on feedback from staff, parents, and students. The result of the study was a handbook titled, Student Support: A K-6 At-Risk Program Model.