ERIC Number: ED240729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May-31
Executive Summary, DoDDS Comprehensive Study [of Dependents Schools].
Bartell, Ted; And Others
The third volume of a comprehensive study of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS), this report summarizes the overall findings with respect to the five basic issues that the study addressed: educational quality, student progress, resources and facilities, management, and future factors. In the first case, the quality of educational opportunity in DoDDS was found to be higher than that of stateside schools, although the smaller schools may lack diversity, and special education needs are not always met. Student academic progress was found to be well-correlated with student needs and educational expectations, though the high turnover rate results in less school spirit and a more serious, individualistic approach among students. Resources and facilities are in need of repair and replacement, but serve most students well. The organizational structure and management practices of DoDDS, however, need to be improved. The study recommends establishment of a centralized management information system, with district-level supervision of schools, to give principals more time for instructional leadership. Finally, demographic trends, technological advances, and changes in military policy will have major impacts on DoDDS. Related recommendations pertain to accreditation policy, student testing, curriculum development, staff quality, facilities, pupil transportation, student meal program, and issues concerning a proposed transfer of jurisdiction to the Department of Education. (TE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrative Organization, Dependents Schools, Educational Facilities, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Government School Relationship, School Location, Services, Special Education, Special Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Department of Defense, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Advanced Technology, Inc., Reston, VA.
Note: For related documents, see EA 016 495-498.