ERIC Number: ED346672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Report: EXCEL. E & R Report No. 91.05.
Feldstein, Michael A.; Baenen, Nancy
EXCEL is an enrichment program for highly able students in grades K-2, designed to provide a nontraditional method of identifying young gifted and talented students, especially economically disadvantaged students, as well as to increase the ability of classroom teachers and parents to develop the potential of these students. EXCEL utilizes a consultation model, in which central Consultant Teacher Trainers and school-based, regular teachers designated as Team Leaders for each grade provide training and materials to all classroom teachers. This study evaluated the implementation and effectiveness of the program within the Wake County (North Carolina) School System, to comply with the requirements of the funding source (the Javits Foundation within the U.S. Department of Education) and to meet system information needs. The study found that EXCEL has been successful in making progress towards the specific objectives in the grant, but not as much progress toward meeting the broader intent of the grant and the overall needs of Wake County's schools. The effectiveness of EXCEL training and classroom teachers' application of EXCEL skills varied considerably across schools. Communication to classroom teachers was a key weak link in EXCEL. Most results related to improvement in the identification of young highly able students were fairly negative. Two thirds of teachers interviewed indicated their students had benefitted from EXCEL. Recommendations are offered in the areas of communication, identification, supplies, and evaluation. Attachments include survey and interview responses and a copy of a behavior skills checklist. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public Schools System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Jacob K Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act 1988