ERIC Number: ED373390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Educational Quality Following a School Closing.
Kemis, Mari; And Others
Financial conditions and new demands suggest that Iowa school districts will continually struggle to satisfy state and community needs. Given this situation and districts' opportunities for seeking alternative arrangements, the recent trend in school closings and district reorganization is likely to continue through the year 2000. This study examines how district reorganization or whole-grade sharing at the high school level affects perceptions of educational quality. The study focuses on the perceptions of students, teachers, parents, and citizens from selected pairs of Iowa school districts that have reorganized or are participating in whole-grade sharing arrangements. A total of 25 representative sites participated. Results indicated that time duration, size, and structural changes had little effect on perceptions of quality or perceptions of school closing effects. Closing a high school was perceived as positively influencing academic programs and participation in extracurricular activities. Reorganization and whole grade sharing were seen as positively affecting school quality, in general, and course offerings and technological access, in particular. Included are a bibliography of 26 references and several appendices containing lists of participating school districts, survey instruments, return rate tables, and means tables. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Research Inst. for Studies in Education.