Re: The Eight-Year Study
Fri, 7 Mar 1997 23:55:59 -0500

Many of us are familliar with the Eight Year Study. It is decribed
in a chaper in my book, the Almanac of Education Choices. The
chaper, called The Research Record, was written by Mary Anny Raywid
of Hofstra University. In her conclusion she writes:
"This it appears that the research record amassed by alternative
schools may eventually come to equal that of progressive education,
one of their ideological forebears. The famous Eight Year Study,
which examined the effects of 30 innovative Progressive high schools
of the 1930's, concluded that the graduates of such schools had decided
advantages over the graduates of conventional high schools. They
were more likely to succeed in college than were their counterparts and
in fact, the more innovative the high schools and the further they
departed from the conventional, the greater the advantage of their
students. The carefully designed Eigh Year Study was widely
acknowledged to have made the case for the innovative schools of
its day. Now, taken collectively the documented studies like those
cited here, the superiority of alternative schools can be

In the chapter, Mary Ann cited many more recent studies, backing
those conclusions.

Jerry Mintz
Alternative Education Resource Organization