ERIC Number: ED264054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Planning Information for the Chinle Unified School District No. 24.
Tonigan (Richard F.) and Associates, Ltd., Albuquerque, NM.
This educational and architectural masterplan prepared for an architectural firm was a major component of the educational reform plan of a remote school system enrolling approximately 3,300 students on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. The study found the chronic underfunding of P.L. 81-815, Federal Impact Aid for Indian reservation-located public schools, had resulted in unsafe, inadequate, and overcrowded facilities, high staff turnover, and student standardized test median scores among the very lowest in the state. The report drew information from staff interviews, facilities tours, school documents, and questionnaires to all school employees to evaluate physical facilities, staffing, curriculum, and special programs of the four elementary, one junior, and one senior high schools. The schools were found to be disadvantaged in all areas: physical facilities were badly in need of repair, replacement, and expansion; teaching and administrative staff were demoralized and needed stable leadership, community support, and professional development opportunities; curriculum in the high school needed immediate evaluation and revision; all schools needed bicultural bilingual augmentation. The special education program was found to be satisfactory. Recommendations were made for improvement in all areas with special emphasis given to the high school. Tables and figures illustrate the text. (LFL)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, Disadvantaged Schools, Educational Change, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Characteristics, Rural Schools, School Effectiveness, School Surveys, Transitional Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tonigan (Richard F.) and Associates, Ltd., Albuquerque, NM.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona