ERIC Number: ED357529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
High School Programs for High Ability Students. Program Evaluation Report.
Thomas, Roberta Rodriguez
This evaluation report examines high school programs for high ability students in Orange County, Florida. The evaluation study used interviews, surveys, and a review of records. It was found that: (1) all high schools have developed a course of study for high ability students, including Advanced Placement, honors, and four magnet programs; (2) all schools have a process for identifying high ability students and directing them to more rigorous academic courses; (3) those schools with course/program analysis systems in place were found to be more fully meeting student needs; (4) most students felt that courses were preparing them adequately for the next level courses; (5) major concerns expressed by administrators and practitioners focused on threats to these programs as a result of reduced funding; (6) almost all schools utilized district-level incentive funds in program development; and (7) the implications of changing demographics have not been fully incorporated into program planning. The report briefly presents the purpose of the evaluation, related district goals, the program description, evaluation questions, and procedures. Most of the report is given to analysis of findings and recommendations for each school. (DB)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Academically Gifted, Advanced Courses, Advanced Placement, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Needs, Financial Exigency, High School Students, High Schools, Honors Curriculum, Magnet Schools, Program Evaluation, School Demography, Student Attitudes, Student Placement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL.