ERIC Number: ED365727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
How Do Parents and Teachers "Grade" Louisiana's School Report Cards Program?
Kochan, Susan E.; And Others
Louisiana is one of the few states to produce and distribute school report cards to public school parents statewide. The state undertook a formal evaluation, here reported, of the "1991-92 Report Cards." In Phase 1 a random sample of roughly 2,000 parents and 6,000 faculty statewide was surveyed by mail with a 30-item questionnaire rating the readability and utility of information on the school report cards. Four focus groups, two with parents and two with teachers, were conducted in Phase 2 to follow up and enlarge on initial findings. Parents were generally positive toward the concept, but were somewhat less optimistic that the program could have a real effect on the quality of education. The further the focus shifted from the child's own school, the more pessimistic parents became that the School Report Cards could actually help improve education. Teacher responses showed a similar pattern, but teachers were less uniformly positive than parents. Using survey results and feedback from the focus groups, the state has made substantial modifications to the format of the 1992-93 report cards, including: (1) individualizing formats for elementary, secondary, and K-12 schools; (2) adding explanatory text to each indicator; (3) simplifying tables; (4) presenting both frequencies and percents on most indicators; and (5) rewriting text to an eighth-grade, rather than the former 13th grade level. A sample report card and the survey are attached. (Contains 4 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Records, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Feedback, Institutional Characteristics, Likert Scales, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Profiles, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Report Cards, Research Reports, School Districts, Surveys, Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge.
Identifiers: Focus Groups Approach; Louisiana; Progress Profiles Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).