ERIC Number: ED349090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Planning/Evaluation Report for 1990-91: New Horizons Program.
Des Moines Public Schools, IA.
The Des Moines Public Schools' New Horizons Program provides supportive services such as counseling, attendance monitoring, career-related instruction, and work experience to dropout-prone high school students and their families in order to improve students' school achievement and increase their graduation rate. Program services make it possible for students with low academic interest who are economically disadvantaged to attend consistently and stay in school. Work experience helps students see the connection between what they are asked to learn in school and the applications of that knowledge in the world of work. Program funding comes from a variety of sources, with 45% of the 1990 budget derived from sources outside the district. Most New Horizons students have consistently better attendance and lower dropout rates than other Des Moines Public School students. The program evaluation included in this document contains: (1) district and New Horizon Program mission statements; (2) a context evaluation focusing on policies, standards, regulations, program content, enrollment, student needs addressed by the program, goals, improvements in program effectiveness, and the use of committees; (3) an input evaluation including information on the program budget, sources of revenue, expenditures, and community resources, (4) a process evaluation containing goals and information on staff development efforts and management systems; (5) a product evaluation presenting data on outcomes; and (6) a section on future plans. (AC)
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Budgets, Dropout Prevention, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Counseling, Financial Support, High Risk Students, High School Students, Intermediate Grades, Middle Schools, Mission Statements, Potential Dropouts, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Work Experience
Department of Information Management, Des Moines Public Schools, 1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309-3399 (Copy of complete report is available).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.