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ERIC Number: ED338588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Perceptions of Teachers and Principals in Regard to Educational Reforms in Texas.
Sandefur, Walter; Hinely, Reginald
This study was conducted to determine the attitudes of teachers and principals in the public schools of Texas toward selected aspects of two pieces of reform legislation. Examples of these reforms included literacy testing of teachers; a teacher appraisal system; a career ladder for teachers; student competency testing; and "no pass no play" regulations for students participating in interscholastic activities. A survey instrument was developed which included 10 items related to possible problems resulting from the educational reforms. The respondents were asked to indicate whether the problems were negligible, moderate, or of serious concern. The survey was mailed to a random sample of 862 teachers and 469 principals stratified by geographic area, size of school, and school level during February and March of 1991. A total of 413 teachers and 219 principals responded. A table representing the rank order of problems according to both teachers and principals is presented. Data reveal that a higher percentage of teachers feel that reforms have caused serious problems; in some cases, principals appear to perceive the intent of the mandate differently. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reform Efforts; Texas