ERIC Number: ED215433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Teachers' and Administrators' Decision-Making Behaviors and Attitudes Concerning the Promotion and Retention of Elementary Students.
Graham, Donna R.
Personal interviews with teachers, administrators, and counselors in grades 1-6 at two elementary schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) examined their attitudes toward two sets of DCPS guidelines governing student promotion and retention. One set of guidelines was in use before 1976, the other afterwards. Questionnaires preceding the interviews gathered data on respondents' personal characteristics and occupational background. The interviews yielded data on the educators' problems with both the old and new guidelines. Five findings were derived from these data, regarding lack of clarity in both sets of guidelines, absence of implementation materials (such as tests), teacher addition of promotion criteria not in the guidelines, variation in guideline interpretation according to teacher education and years on the job, and need for improved guidelines. Based on these findings and also on problems with the new guidelines identified by the interviewees, four recommendations are made involving pilot-testing of new policies, teacher and administrator input into policy-making, programs for students with very high or low mastery of skills, and incremental, grade-by-grade implementation of new promotion policies. Copies of the interview schedules and questionnaires are appended to the document. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: District of Columbia Public Schools
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).