ERIC Number: ED424262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Benefits in High School of an Intensive Summer Program for Academically Talented Seventh Graders. ACT Research Report Series 98-4.
Duke University's Talent Identification Program invites seventh graders who score in the top 3% on nationally normed, standardized tests to participate in the Talent Search. A small number of these students subsequently qualify, on the basis of relatively high ACT Assessment or SAT scores, for the Summer Residential Program (SRP), which provides intensive involvement in a particular academic subject. This study developed statistical evidence of how the SRP benefits students. The sample consisted of students who participated in the Talent Search between 1986 and 1992. The final file contained 35,317 records of Talent Search participants, 151 of whom were SRP participants. Results show that SRP participation is positively related to academically talented students' subsequent academic performance in high school, over and beyond their ACT scores as seventh graders. This information should be useful for encouraging academically talented students to participate in talent searches and intensive residential programs. Prospective students could be shown, for example, that SRP participants score about two scale score points higher on the ACT Mathematics test in high school, on average, than do Talent Search students who do not participate in the SRP. This finding is true regardless of the ACT Mathematics scores that Talent Search and SRP participants earn in seventh grade. Two appendixes contain charts of cumulative percentage distributions. (Contains 1 table, 4 references, and 24 figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Advanced Students, College Entrance Examinations, Enrichment Activities, Grade 7, High School Students, High Schools, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Residential Programs, Summer Programs, Talent
ACT Research Report Series, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.