ERIC Number: ED427039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Laboratory School for the Academically Gifted Evaluation.
Chesapeake Public Schools, VA. Office of Program Evaluation.
The Laboratory School for the Academically Gifted of the Chesapeake Public School Division (Virginia) is a pull-out program for students in grades 5 and 6. Identified students in these grades attend the Lab School one day each week to receive instruction in mathematics, applied science, writing, computer education/applications, and humanities. In 1996-97, 6 teachers in teams of 2 instructed approximately 407 students in the Lab School. Interviews with the Lab School teachers, its administrator and 51 students, and surveys completed by 91% of the principals from the students' home schools, home school teachers (65% of the 50% sampled), and parents (55% of the 50% sampled) provided evaluation information. The Lab School curriculum was reviewed by a consultant from the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary (Virginia). The educational literature and the findings of the evaluation support the view that the Lab School pull-out program is an appropriate approach to serving gifted children as long as the instructional program is of high quality. The Lab School was considered cost-effective, and was rated highly by the outside consultant for the individual curriculum units. A lack of coordination with the core curriculum was noted, but the responses of all groups indicated that Lab School students were not placed at a disadvantage in the home school because of the day missed each week. Recommendations are made for the continuation of the Lab School as a pull-out program with some curricular improvements and enhanced staff development for Lab School and home school teachers. Eight appendixes contain background information and documents for the evaluation. (Contains nine charts.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chesapeake Public Schools, VA. Office of Program Evaluation.