ERIC Number: ED238097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
School District Survey of Academic Requirements and Achievement. Fast Response Survey System, Early Release.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Results of this survey indicate that three important ways to improve high school student achievement are to increase daily attendance, improve study skills, and increase required courses. Two-thirds of the school district administrators responding rated increasing attendance as highly important. Almost half strongly favored increasing required core subject and study skill courses. Other highly rated alternatives among the eight listed were raising graduation requirements and expanding inservice teacher training. During the past 3 years (1979-82), nine out of ten districts reported implementing one or more activities to bolster achievement. Although urban, suburban, and rural districts are similar in their graduation requirements, urban districts tend to emphasize minimum competency tests and homework assignments more than rural districts. Minimum competency tests and scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) Program revealed no consistent pattern of positive relationships between requirements and achievement. Questionnaires mailed to a national probability sample of 571 school districts representing 11,370 school districts with high schools yielded a 93 percent response rate. Six tables of statistical findings and a reproduction of the survey questionnaire are included. (JBM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, College Entrance Examinations, Elementary Secondary Education, Minimum Competency Testing, National Norms, National Surveys, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, School Administration, School Effectiveness, School Surveys, Student Improvement, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Survey questionnaire contains small print.