2010 Gifted Advisory Report

    The following text focuses on the issue of communication and the parent evaluation of the gifted education program web site.  For additional information included in the annual report see the links below.

    Click here for Gifted Advisory Committee Recommendations

    Click here for a summary of the "best things about the current program"

    Click here for a summary of "parent recommendations for improvement"

    Click here for a summary of gifted program accomplishments in 2009-10

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    Dear Dr. Lyons and School Board Members:

     Previous reports to the school board have included parent feedback to a survey and a number of those responses that indicated a need to improve communication.  During the 2009-10 school year the following actions were taken to address those concerns:

    1. Parent permission forms for any pull-out group included a description of the program, expectations of students, and meeting time(s) for the group went out prior to the start of each program.
    2. A new web site for the gifted education program was created by Mr. Kendall including grade level curriculum updates, recommended web sites for students and parents, and an announcements page with information about writing contests, Saturday and summer enrichment programs, and updates on state regulations for gifted education.
    3. Progress reports with detailed narrative feedback on individual student progress were sent home in December and May.  Interim updates on curriculum were posted on the web site.

     The following summary report reviews the results of a parent survey that requested feedback on the content of the gifted education web site.  In addition parents were asked to provide narrative feedback on the following two questions:

    1. What are the 3 best things about the Lexington City Schools’ Gifted Education Program?
    2. What 3 recommendations would you make to improve Lexington City Schools’ Gifted Education Program?

     A total of 49 parents responded to the e-mailed invitation to participate in the on-line survey, which was designed to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete.

    How often have you visited the Gifted Education web site this year? 
                   

    Frequency of visit

    Response %

    Response count

    Never

    16.7%

    8

    Once

    29.2%

    14

    Between 2 and 4 times

    35.4%

    17

    Between 5 and 7 times

    10.4%

    5

    Once a month

    2.1%

    1

    Once a week

    6.3%

    3

     Parents were then asked to evaluate the usefulness of the content on specific pages of the web site and on the quality and specificity of the information provided.

    How useful / informative was the “Recommended Web Sites for Students” page?

     Usefulness

    %

    Count

    Quality of Information

    %

    Count

    No opinion

    31.8%

    14

    Not enough information

    0 %

    0

    Not useful

    2.3%

    1

    Information is too general

    6.8 %

    3

    Somewhat useful

    36.4%

    16

    Information is appropriately specific

    61.4%

    27

    Often useful

    25.0%

    11

    Information is too detailed

    0 %

    0

    Frequently useful

    4.5%

    2

    No opinion

    31.8 %

    14


    How useful / informative was the “Recommended Web Sites for Parents” page?

     Usefulness

    %

    Count

    Quality of Information

    %

    Count

    No opinion

    40.0 %

    18

    Not enough information

    2.3 %

    1

    Not useful

    4.4 %

    2

    Information is too general

    9.1 %

    4

    Somewhat useful

    42.2 %

    19

    Information is appropriately specific

    50.0 %

    22

    Often useful

    11.1 %

    5

    Information is too detailed

    0 %

    0

    Frequently useful

    2.2 %

    1

    No opinion

    38.6 %

    13


    How useful were the “Grade Level Updates” on curriculum?

     Usefulnees

    %

    Count

    Quality of Information

    %

    Count

    No opinion

    28.9 %

    13

    Not enough information

    7.1 %

    3

    Not useful

    4.4 %

    2

    Information is too general

    11.9 %

    5

    Somewhat useful

    26.7 %

    12

    Information is appropriately specific

    57.1 %

    24

    Often useful

    26.7 %

    12

    Information is too detailed

    0 %

    0

    Frequently useful

    13.3 %

    6

    No opinion

    23.8 %

    10

     

    How useful / informative were the announcements about writing contests?

     Usefulness

    %

    Count

    Quality of Information

    %

    Count

    No opinion

    44.4 %

    20

    Not enough information

    2.4 %

    1

    Not useful

    6.7 %

    3

    Information is too general

    2.4 %

    1

    Somewhat useful

    24.4 %

    11

    Information is appropriately specific

    45.2 %

    19

    Often useful

    20.0 %

    9

    Information is too detailed

    0 %

    0

    Frequently useful

    4.4 %

    2

    No opinion

    50 %

    21


    How useful / informative were the announcements about the state regulations for gifted education?

     Usefulness

    %

    Count

    Quality of Information

    %

    Count

    No opinion

    53.3 %

    24

    Not enough information

    2.3 %

    1

    Not useful

    8.9 %

    4

    Information is too general

    4.7 %

    2

    Somewhat useful

    24.4 %

    11

    Information is appropriately specific

    41.9 %

    18

    Often useful

    8.9 %

    4

    Information is too detailed

    2.3 %

    1

    Frequently useful

    4.4 %

    2

    No opinion

    48.8 %

    21

     

    How useful / informative were the announcements about Saturday and Summer Enrichment programs for high ability learners?
     

     Usefulness

    %

    Count

    Quality of Information

    %

    Count

    No opinion

    35.6 %

    16

    Not enough information

    4.7 %

    2

    Not useful

    4.4 %

    2

    Information is too general

    7.0 %

    3

    Somewhat useful

    33.3 %

    15

    Information is appropriately specific

    58.1 %

    25

    Often useful

    20.0 %

    9

    Information is too detailed

    0 %

    0

    Frequently useful

    6.7 %

    3

    No opinion

    30.2 %

    13


    Complete the following statement with one of the answer choices below; “I have used the web site most often to …”
     

     

    Response %

    Response count

    keep up with what my child is studying

    through “Grade Level Updates”

    31.4 %

    11

    use the “Recommended Web Sites for Students”

    for academic enrichment at home

    28.6 %

    10

    find parenting resources for raising my gifted child

    5.7 %

    2

    see how the gifted program is organized K-8

    11.4 %

    4

    find Saturday and summer enrichment programs

    for my child

    2.9 %

    1

    look for contests for my child

    0 %

    0

    Other

    20 %

    7


    Give your opinion on the following statement: “The web site is ‘user friendly’ and I can quickly find the information I am seeking.”

     

    Response %

    Response count

    strongly disagree

    7.5 %

    3

    disagree

    0 %

    0

    agree

    52.5 %

    21

    strongly agree

    20 %

    8

    no opinion

    20 %

    8