ERIC Number: ED411636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Gifted and Talented Education Grades K-12 Program Evaluation.
Johnson, Galen W.
This description of the gifted education program of the Des Moines (Iowa) public schools is organized into five sections: (1) context evaluation, (2) input evaluation, (3) process evaluation, (4) product evaluation, and (5) future planning. The context evaluation section notes that the state-mandated programs provide services to students identified as gifted in any of five areas and that program options include differentiated instruction, curriculum replacement, acceleration, course compacting, pull-outs, competitions, summer and Saturday programs, and the half-day Central Academy program. The section on input evaluation notes the Gifted and Talented Education budget is less than one percent of the district operating budget and is based on a funding formula. The third section, on processing evaluation, reviews program implementation in the areas of student identification, facilitation of appropriate curriculum and support services, and continual monitoring of student needs. The fourth section, on product evaluation, notes the high numbers of students taking Advanced Placement exams, national recognition of the Central Academy program, and services to over 4000 students. The final section, on future planning, reports on plans for formalized acceleration programs in science and social studies and planned growth of Central Academy. Six appendices provide additional detail on program organization, offerings, and evidence of effectiveness. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Teaching and Learning Div.