64% of school districts offer at least one alternative school or program to address student needs that cannot be met in a traditional school setting. However, alternative education is a broad umbrella: it can serve many different types of students to address a range of student needs. There are also several different delivery models for alternative education, including on-site programming and separate schools.

To be successful, school districts should select the alternative education model based on the unique needs and goals for their student population. In this Research Brief, Hanover describes the types of alternative education services that school districts may provide, and summarizes the research evidence supporting each type of alternative education model.

In this Research Brief you’ll find:

  • Profiles of successful alternative ed. schools or programs
  • Research on the effectiveness of different types of alternative ed. models
  • A summary of the various student groups often supported through alternative ed. programs
  • PLUS: An Alternative Education Diagnostic, which evaluates the effectiveness of current programs and summarizes key academic and organizational components for success

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