ERIC Number: ED207207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Influencing Local Education Agency Participation in the Programs and Services of Education Service Agencies in the State of Texas. ESA Study Series/Report No. VI.
Stephens, E. Robert; And Others
Responses to a questionnaire survey of 1100 superintendents of school districts in Texas and the 20 directors of Texas's regional education service centers (RESCs) provided the data for this study of the equity and accessibility of RESC services across the state. The report describes the Texas educational system and the RESCs, lists the data sources, and presents the findings and observations. Results are discussed in detail according to 19 questions that the study sought to answer. The findings indicate that school district use of RESC services varies more according to size than to any other district variable, especially in the area of computer services. Smaller districts tend to use more media and technical assistance services. School district wealth was found to be a significant factor in hiring substitute teachers to allow local staff to participate in RESC workshops: poorer districts participated less. With the exception of computer services, poor and wealthy districts availed themselves fairly equally of RESC services. Differences among the ESAs in Texas appear to be more dependent upon leadership than upon demographic characteristics. Recommendations include periodic performance reviews of RESC directors, improved accountability, and increases in base funding. Regional graphs and project instruments are appended. (WD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Edgewood Independent School District, San Antonio, TX.
Authoring Institution: Stephens Associates, Burtonsville, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Texas