ERIC Number: ED326345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Hispanic-American Parent Involvement Programs.
Zela-Koort, Monica P.; Nardine, Frank E.
This report examines parent-involvement programs that focus on Hispanic families and the methods that have been used to evaluate these programs. The survey involved 10 Hispanic parent-involvement programs named by various state education agency directors as being significant. Particular attention was given to whether or not the programs were formally evaluated. The programs, located in Texas, New Mexico, Washington, and Florida, were diverse in client populations, although each served a significant number of Hispanics. The study indicated a total of 29 different parent-involvement activities reported by the 10 programs. Of these, the most often used were parent workshops or courses, parent-teacher conferences, and parent advisory councils. The least prevalent activities included providing incentive grants to develop parent involvement activities locally, parent-teacher conference improvement courses, and parent resource centers. The most prevalent ways that districts evaluated their parent-involvement programs were: (1) parent opinion surveys; (2) monitoring the frequency of activities; and (3) monitoring parent attendance at events and activities. Three school districts conducted formal evaluations, five conducted informal evaluations, and two reported no evaluations. The document concludes with a discussion of program evaluation procedures and the need for documentation of program activities. It suggests that an important key in narrowing the educational gap between majority and minority groups lies in the development of effective parent-involvement programs. The document includes 15 references. (TES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).