Educational Talent Search

InitiativesGoalMeans of AchievingOutcomeMethods of AssessmentResultsResult Use
AccessGrant Objective, Secondary School Graduation (Regular): 90% of seniors served during the project year will graduate during the project year with a regular secondary school diploma within the standard number of years.Assess credits and GPA every quarter. Targeted interventions including referrals to tutoring programs, additional mentoring, and/or parent contact for any seniors at risk for not graduating. Interventions will be documented and participation with these services will be tracked with forms and the database.Learning outcomes will coincide with their academic classes and progress.Pre and post surveys for workshops given to all Talent Search students. In addition, Advisors work closely with School Counselors to assess credits and GPAs every trimester. Targeted interventions including referrals by Advisors to tutoring programs, additional mentoring, and/or parent contact. Referrals for interventions will be documented and participation with services will be tracked with forms and entered into the database.Enter ResultsEnter Use of Result
LearningGrant Objective, Secondary School Graduation (Rigorous): 30% of seniors served during the project year will complete a rigorous secondary school program of study, and will graduate during the project year with a regular secondary school diploma within the standard number of years. Advisors and Director will identify the students participating in a rigorous course of study (4 ways to meet this based on grant requirements) and will be offered extra tutoring support for rigorous coursework. This includes identifying and facilitating effective tutors by partnering with other programs at WSU and the Ogden GEAR UP program. Advisors will also encourage peer study groups by helping to identify students doing well in these classes to be leaders and assist students who may be struggling.There are strong learning academic outcomes associated with this goal. Pre and post surveys are given to students in the 8th grade workshop, "What is Rigor and How it Benefits You" and 9th grade workshop "How to plan for rigor coursework in high school"Pre and post surveys for junior highs. High schools will use the documentation of quarterly transcripts. These will be collected and entered into the database. Hard copies will be maintained in the student files. Data will be tracked for overall progress, and to verify the effectiveness of each intervention (i.e. tutoring, peer study groups).Enter ResultsEnter Use of Result
AccessGrant Objective, Post-Secondary Education Enrollment: 75% (or higher) of participants who have graduated with a regular school diploma during the project year will enroll in an institution of higher education by the fall term immediately following high school graduation.A combination of one-on-one interventions and small group workshops will be utilized by Advisors to assist all students in the senior cohort with admissions, financial aid applications, enrollment, and initial course selection. Our program will also utilize an active partnership with transition programs and events on campus, as well as referrals to TRIO Student Support Services.Students will learn the detailed process of applying to and enrolling in college.Hard copies of schedules will be used to verify enrollment in a post-secondary institution. Data will be entered based on obtaining these hard copies. Information will also be tracked regarding which students receive financial aid, scholarships, or tuition waivers.Enter ResultsEnter Use of Result
Diversity1. Ensure maintain or exceed serving over 50% of underrepresented populations in the Ogden School District. 2. Ensure the hiring of our staff reflects the demographics of those we serve. 3. Receive training on LGBT issues and work with the LGBT Coordinator to implement a resource in the schools we serve. This will be attained by tracking the percentage of enrollment in TRIO Talent Search who are underrepresented. Recruiting techniques for participants may vary based on the results and the fluidity of the percentages. For staff, efforts will be made to hire a diverse staff that represents the community we serve.Staff will learn how to proactively target underrepresented populations in the schools.Database for current program year and percentage of underrepresented staff.Enter ResultsEnter Use of Result
AccessGrant Objective, Secondary School Persistence: 90%of non-senior participants served each project year will complete the current academic year and continue in school for the next academic year, at the next grade level.Staff (Advisors, Data Specialist) will do consistent grade checks and document trimester transcripts. Trimester grades will be entered into the database, and a hard copy will be kept in the students' records to assess academic progress. Referrals for tutoring and parent contact will be made when necessary to keep students on track for grade promotion. Tracking of tutoring referrals will ensure whether students accept and facilitate the services they are offered. Learning outcomes will coincide with their academic classes and progress. Students learn in 9th grade workshop "Everything Counts" that every grade in high school matters. Track the number of non-senior program participants who have been served who are promoted to the next grade level. Documentation of quarterly transcripts will be collected and entered into the database. Hard copies will be filed to verify grade promotion.Enter ResultsEnter Use of Result