ERIC Number: ED369855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
New Horizons Program Planning/Evaluation Report for 1992-93. Focus on Program Evaluation.
The New Horizons Program of the Des Moines (Iowa) public schools provides supportive services such as counseling, attendance monitoring, career-related instruction, work experience, and coordination with community agencies to dropout-prone students and their families to improve academic achievement and increase graduation rates. Work experience is a major program component. Funding is from a variety of sources, with nearly 40 percent of funds derived from outside the school district. An evaluation of the program conducted in 1992-93 confirmed the staff-development initiatives of the project and its use of advanced technology through computer classes and computerized records. Evaluation of project outcomes suggests that the program provides a variety of experiences for the approximately 1,400 at-risk students it serves. The program has been effective for 25 years, as is demonstrated by the numbers of youth who attend school more consistently and graduate. Over the past 5 years, New Horizons has consistently met the majority of its objectives, and it is projected to continue to serve at-risk students in Des Moines. One appendix summarizes the program's flood-relief project. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Education, Computer Uses in Education, Counseling, Dropout Programs, Dropouts, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, High Risk Students, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, School Support, Staff Development, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.