ERIC Number: ED255576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Parental Evaluation of a Public High School District: The Product and the Process.
Barnes, Ronald E.; Murphy, John F.
Public schools are often faced, when engaged in the task of developing annual goals, with the necessity of soliciting public input. To gather reliable input from the school community has been haphazard and uneven. Consolidated High School District 230 (Palos Hills, Illinois) employed the Public Opinion Laboratory, a professional survey firm, to provide efficient, cost effective, and reliable data indicating public opinion about a wide variety of issues affecting its schools. The purpose of this activity was to have the various elements of the school community--parents, students, teachers, administrators, and general citizens--evaluate their schools and identify attainable targets for improvement. This paper presents the results of the telephone survey conducted to obtain parent attitudes on the length of the school day and year, graduation requirements, weighted grades, merit pay, and spending on education. Parents also gave grade ratings to 12 school services and programs. The information has proven a valuable tool in strategic planning for the school district. Appendices (more than one-half of the document) contain: (1) the Annual Goals Advisory Committee's purposes and activities; (2) the telephone survey parent interview questions; and (3) several project memos. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Consolidated High School District 230 IL; Telephone Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).