ERIC Number: ED340804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
SUCCESS Program, Planning/Evaluation Report for 1990-91.
Des Moines Public Schools, IA.
The SUCCESS program of the Des Moines (Iowa) public schools serves children, youth, and families experiencing conditions that put them at risk of not achieving the goals of their educational programs or thriving in their families or communities. SUCCESS integrates community resources within the school system in family resource centers. The following innovative strategies distinguish SUCCESS from other school district programs: (1) case management for families; (2) human services staff located in the schools; and (3) referral to outside agencies and intensive follow-up. Services were offered for the first time in the fall of 1990. Approximately 270 children and youth and their families have benefitted. This document represents the first formal evaluation of services and outcomes. Students who received case management services made progress in the following areas: (1) attendance; (2) grade point averages; (3) reduced suspensions; (4) re-enrollment of dropouts; (5) participation in extracurricular activities; and (6) family environments. Students and parents had positive reactions and generally perceived that services have been helpful. Further plans for SUCCESS include establishment of realistic criterion levels for judging program outcomes, as well as specific goals for implementation. Data from the evaluation are provided in six tables and five figures. Six appendices contain an individual services report and surveys used in program operation. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Resources, Delivery Systems, Dropout Prevention, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, High Risk Students, Human Services, Integrated Activities, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Referral, School Districts, School Role, Student Problems, Urban Problems
Department of Information Management, Des Moines Public Schools, 1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309-3399.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.