Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Paul D. Overton


The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived quality of education and the employment expectations of the 1985 graduates of Fountain Central High School and to gather current statistics on those graduates. Subjects comprised 103 graduates of a rural, west central Indiana public high school. The graduates were administered a survey to determine opinions and perceptions of education received, to determine whether they were employed or continuing their education, and to determine what trends may be developing or maintained.

Today' s students reflect a much wider range of preparation, as indicated by grades and class rank. The test scores represent a much broader distribution, suggesting meaningful differences in the level of preparation. It is apparent that fewer students are taking rigorous college preparatory courses in the important areas of English, mathematics, sciences, and humanities. Yet these same students aspire to enter demanding post-secondary study, even in the absence of appropriate secondary school preparation for such work. Such incongruity between individuals' goals and their readiness presents challenges for education and the labor force.

In conclusion, results indicate critics are questioning how well schools are preparing students for jobs, colleges, and careers. Furthermore, there is a need for educators to develop curricula that will allow secondary school graduates to be intelligent and informed citizens.