ERIC Number: ED234490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
School District Perceptions of Federal Competitive Education Programs. Final Report. Initial Release September 1981. Fast Response Survey System.
Wright, Douglas A.; And Others
This report evaluates data collected in the 1981 survey of school district perceptions of the benefits and problems associated with 27 federal competitive grant programs. The survey had three general objectives: (1) determine the number of districts participating in these programs from 1978-80, (2) identify why districts do or do not apply for program grants, and (3) determine the costs and benefits of administering the grant programs. The report highlights the findings, which include a delineated evaluation of statistical data. The major factors found to be discouraging applicants are: confusing or cumbersome application procedures, lack of staff to prepare applications, and perceived low chances of receiving grant awards. Among the five listed potential benefits of these programs, respondents cited supplementation of local funds and opportunities to develop new programs most frequently. A majority of the districts perceived excessive paperwork as the primary problem in administration of these grant programs. One half of the districts perceived either curriculum development or staff development as the most helpful feature of federal competitive education grants. Included with the report are appendixes and a copy of the survey questionnaire. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.