ERIC Number: ED218759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Local School Goal Setting: A New Approach to Development of School District Goals.
Morgan, James M.
After experiencing a drop in enrollment of over 25 percent in 10 years, the Cincinnati (Ohio) Public Schools instituted a decentralization program. The program gives local schools greater autonomy, places greater emphasis on the principal's leadership role, and depends for some decision-making on Local School Advisory Committees (LSACs) composed of representatives from the staff, students, parents, local businesses, and the general community served by the school. One function of the LSAC is to develop local school goals from which the district develops its goals. The process involves generating and discussing lists of problems facing the local school, prioritizing the problems, formulating specific goals in response to the problems, and establishing district goals supportive of the local school efforts. In its first year the program produced goal statements in eight categories: student achievement, academic and instructional program, student behavior and discipline, student attitudes, student services, staff skills and attitudes, school management, and relations among schools, parents, and the community. The goals set often matched district expectations, but some new priorities were revealed in such areas as education for the gifted, development of student responsibility, school safety procedures, and administrative processes. Evaluation showed the first year's experience was considered valuable by participants. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cincinnati Public Schools OH; Goal Setting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).