ERIC Number: ED349712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Local School Board Member Responses to the National Goals for Education: Results and Implications of a Multistate Survey.
Krepel, Thomas L.; Grady, Marilyn L.
Findings of a study that examined the responses of local school board members in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Nebraska to the National Goals for Education (NGE) are presented in this paper. A survey mailed to 718 local school board members in July 1991 obtained 298 responses, a 42 percent response rate. The respondents assigned a higher priority to goals that are related to broad areas of district responsibility and are part of the traditional local school district function. A substantial majority (85 percent) disagreed that the NGE are necessary for school improvement, and slightly over half disagreed that they meet local needs. Overall, board members expressed caution and ambivalence, believing that educational goals are best determined by local school boards in response to local needs. Because the establishment of national education goals implies a move toward a centralized policy structure, the following issues must be considered in implementing them: providing a more inclusive implementation process and adequate resource allocation and challenging existing research models. Twenty-one tables are included. (Contains 23 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Louisiana; Minnesota; National Education Goals 1990; Nebraska
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Terre Haute, IN, August 1992).