ERIC Number: ED317651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
METRO Achievement Program: Summer 1988. External Evaluation Report.
Thompson, Denise R.
This document comprises an evaluation of the 1988 METRO Achievement Program, a summer educational program to help develop the academic potential of primarily Black and Hispanic girls entering the seventh and eighth grades in Chicago. The 5-week program included the following components: (1) mathematics, science, and communication skills classes; (2) a character development class; (3) a fine arts class; (4) team sports; (5) personal counseling; and (6) field trips. Evaluation information was gathered from surveys of participants, parents, and advisors, and from comparison surveys of girls in five of the schools from which METRO recruits participants. The following findings are reported: (1) only seventh-grade blacks and eighth-grade Hispanics showed significant increases in self-esteem and seventh-grade Hispanics showed a decrease in self-esteem; (2) the overall patterns of self-esteem were similar to those of the five comparison schools but the individual measures of participants were better than those at the comparison schools; (3) parents and advisors perceived increases in participants' self-confidence and self-assurance, and reported that a majority of the participants became less shy and more outgoing; (4) participants reported liking the program and one-sixth reported having learned something new; (5) almost all participants would recommend the program to others; (6) 20 percent of the participants reported an increase in self-confidence; and (7) eighth-grade participants were much more positive about the academic classes than seventh-graders. Recommendations for improvement are suggested. Thirty-seven tables of statistical data, copies of the survey questionnaires, and a list of 82 references are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Black Students, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Females, Grade 7, Grade 8, Hispanic Americans, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Minority Group Children, Parent Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Self Esteem, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Summer Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)