ERIC Number: ED330766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Horizon Program Review. Report No. 89-1.
Mindenbergs, Susan; And Others
This evaluation of the 1987 Horizon Program, a program for gifted and talented elementary school students in Seattle (Washington), found that the program had little cohesive form or substance. Horizon was developed in 1977 as a magnet program to encourage desegregation. It was intended to provide a comprehensive differentiated program to encourage creative thinking skills and higher cognitive concepts, promote leadership and intellectual skills, and provide opportunities for affective growth. Participants were identified on the basis of achievement test scores. Evaluation information was drawn from a teacher survey, a grade-by-grade analysis of longitudinal trends in student gains on achievement tests, and a comparison of the achievement gains of participants with those of regular students. The following findings are discussed: (1) the program's curriculum is the same as the regular curriculum; (2) enrichment methods and materials differ from class to class; (3) participants score higher on achievement tests than regular students; and (4) participants showed significantly greater gains in reading and mathematics achievement than regular students. An in-depth study of the program might identify methods and materials that could be used in the regular program. Statistical data presented in one table and 12 graphs, the teacher survey questionnaire, and teacher comments on the preliminary draft of the evaluation report are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seattle Public Schools, WA.