ERIC Number: ED167631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Houston's Magnet School Program.
Cunningham, Claude H.
A project-wide evaluation of the Houston, Texas magnet school program indicated that it successfully implemented four court-defined desegregation goals: (1) fewer schools which are 90% or more white or combined black and Mexican-American; (2) fewer students who attend such schools; (3) free transportation for magnet school students; and (4) an ethnically balanced instructional staff. Data reported by the 50 individual magnet schools and substantiated by program audits and site visits indicate that the program provided high quality alternative educational programs which attracted students from all geographic and ethnic sectors of the district. The programs represent grades pre-K through 12. Of the 231 proposed objectives, 36 were not accomplished. Some of these objectives were in areas of primary concern, such as recruitment and enrollment, overall academic achievement, and achievement in the magnet schools's specialty area. Achievement gains on magnet campuses were significantly greater than on non-magnet campuses, for grades 3 to 4; there were no significant differences at other grade levels. Responses of 2,931 students, parents, teachers, and administrators were not overwhelmingly positive toward the program; many respondents felt the public had inadequate information. The Magnet Program was, however, much more successful than previous district integration plans--freedom of choice, school pairing, and the Singleton ratio. (CP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Houston Independent School District TX; Texas (Houston)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)