ERIC Number: ED168162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Eugene Public Schools Community Schools Program.
Eugene School District 4J, OR. Div. of Research, Development, and Evaluation.
This evaluation attempted to determine if the Eugene, Oregon School District 4J community schools program was accomplishing its goals. Researchers completed interviews with 770 community residents, 46 community school teachers, 45 noncommunity school teachers, 14 principals, and 154 agencies. Researchers found that no community school had carried out a successful comprehensive survey of the needs and interests of residents. Overall, participation and volunteering were not greater at community schools than at noncommunity schools, although socioeconomic differences may have confounded this finding. Regarding the meeting of needs in curriculum and instruction, 19 of the 36 objectives of the 7 community schools programs were met, 12 were partially met, 4 were unmet, and 1 was unverifiable. It was found that community schools offer their students slightly more field trips and significantly more instructional services to school children. Representatives of participating organizations reported that the program did not improve communication or cooperation among agencies but the program did enhance communication between community residents and organizations. Evaluators recommended that school district and city representatives should discuss program goals, that record keeping and accountability should be improved, and that the district should consider issuing additional guidelines. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Agency Cooperation, Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Community Schools, Coordination, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews, Organizational Communication, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Public Agencies, Recordkeeping, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eugene School District 4J, OR. Div. of Research, Development, and Evaluation.