ERIC Number: ED256835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Utilization of the Racial Majority to Minority Student Transfer Option within Selected Schools.
Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL. Office of Educational Accountability.
A study was conducted within the Dade County (Florida) Public Schools to determine why large numbers of Black students were using the racial majority to minority transfer option, and, in particular, transferring from Van E. Blanton Elementary And Horace Mann Junior to Miami Shores Elementary and North Miami Junior schools. From a list of 471 transferees, 33 were randomly selected and interviewed. A majority indicated that they transferred because the new schools were "better," i.e., they had less fighting, fewer problems, greater concern by school administration and teachers for student well-being, books to take home, better facilities, better discipline, a majority White student body, and a better overall program. A review of achievement results indicated that median percentile scores (reading and mathematics) were higher in Miami Shores Elementary and North Miami Junior than in the other two schools. Interviews with students currently enrolled at Horace Mann also pointed to many of the problems perceived by the transferring students, but their overall perception was not as negative. In the future, the School Board might: (1) conduct an in-depth review of educational program offerings and discipline at schools losing large numbers of students through transfers; (2) conduct a public relations campaign to accentuate the positive features of Van E. Blanton Elementary and Horace Mann Junior; and (3) consider amending current transfer procedures with a view toward ending transfers to schools that are utilized beyond their capacity. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL. Office of Educational Accountability.