The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R324A190170 to the University of Connecticut. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.
Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Special education -- Oregon, Early warning system, high school, behavioral indicators, multiple-indicator multiple-causes model, School climate
In this study, we examined the relationship between self-reported adolescent perceptions of school climate and extant high school academic and behavioral data; specifically grade point average, attendance, tardies, and office discipline referrals, using a Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes (MIMIC) model on a sample of high school students (n = 5039) with and without disabilities. Findings show evidence of a robust Adolescent Behavioral Index when controlled for disability status as those with disabilities are expected to have lower index scores. Implications for research and practice are focused on the Adolescent Behavioral Index as a mechanism for systematic data collection that may underlie early warning systems in high schools specifically when designing college and career readiness interventions for adolescents and when identifying students who may be at risk for disengagement.
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Published as: Rifenbark, G. G., Lombardi, A. R., Freeman, J., & Morningstar, M. E. (2022). The adolescent behavioral index: Identifying students at risk for disengagement in high school. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, (Preprint), 1-14.