ERIC Number: ED338664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
GENESYS 1990-91: Selected Program Evaluations. Publication Number 90.39.
Wilkinson, David; Spano, Sedra G.
GENESYS is a GENeric Evaluation SYStem for data collection and evaluation through computer technology. GENESYS gathers and reports the standard information (student characteristics, achievement, attendance, discipline, grades/credits, dropouts, and retainees) for specific groups of students. In the Austin (Texas) Independent School District's (AISD's) third year of using GENESYS, several elementary school and secondary school programs were evaluated, including: (1) the Science Academy; (2) the Liberal Arts Academy; (3) the Kealing Magnet School; (4) AIM High (an elementary school program for gifted and talented students); (5) the secondary honors program; (6) bilingual and English-as-Second-Language (ESL) programs; (7) Teach and Reach (supplementary reading and mathematics instruction for low-achieving black students); and (8) special education. The evaluation indicates that students in the magnet schools, including the academies, and the gifted and talented and honors programs tended toward higher academic achievement than did students in other schools. Students in the bilingual and ESL programs, Teach and Reach, and special education generally tended to achieve no faster than did students district-wide, were more likely to be disciplinary problems, and were more likely to drop out. Figures and tables present data for the eight programs evaluated. Ten attachments provide GENESYS operational characteristics, GENESYS definitions, ideas for GENESYS enhancements, a sample GENESYS printout for data by students, requirements for GENESYS data files, flowcharts, a sample GENESYS file/run sheet, 31 pages presenting cross-program comparison charts for Spring 1991, cross-tabulation tables, and evaluation summaries for the AISD. Eight references are included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Bilingual Education, Data Collection, Databases, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Honors Curriculum, Magnet Schools, Management Information Systems, Program Evaluation, School Districts, School Statistics, Special Education, Statistical Data, Student Characteristics, Supplementary Education, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.