ERIC Number: ED215398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Parent and Student Attitudes toward Magnet Schools--Do Decision Makers Care?
A questionnaire survey of parents and students in the Houston (Texas) Independent School District (HISD) sought their assessment of the magnet schools program started by HISD in 1975 to comply with a court desegregation order. Respondents included 1,310 parents (of 20,000 surveyed) and 8,675 elementary and secondary students (of 12,000 surveyed). Data were gathered on parental race or ethnic group, number of children, occupational location and transportation methods, and knowledge and attitudes about HISD's magnet schools, as well as on student grade level, sex, race or ethnic group, school transfer status, school transportation methods, and attitudes about magnet schools and the district's regular schools. Tabulation of responses for both magnet-school and non-magnet-school groups indicate, among other things, that both magnet-school students and the parents of such students feel that magnet schools provide a better education than regular schools. The results also show that parents of non-magnet-school children do not have the level of knowledge about the magnet schools that HISD desires. Attached to the document are copies of the parent questionnaires and lengthy tables presenting detailed survey results. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Houston Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Austin, TX, February 11-13, 1982).