ERIC Number: ED264327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
The Louisiana School Effectiveness Study. Phase One (1980-82), Pilot Year, 1981-82.
Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge.
This report summarizes activities of the pilot year (1981-82) of the Louisiana School Effectiveness Study (LSES), a five-year exploration of those factors that make some of Louisiana's schools more effective than others in educating students. The pilot year of the project was conducted in the Caddo Parish School System and accomplished two tasks: (1) identification of important socioeconomic and school variables; and (2) construction and pilot testing of a questionnaire designed to measure school climate variables. It was found that schools scoring above average on the parish's State Assessment Test scores shared several characteristics: highly educated parents; students with fewest siblings; greatest percentage of fathers in professional jobs and smallest numbers of mothers in nonprofessional jobs; majority white student bodies; faculties with highest educational attainment and teaching experience; and the largest percentage of white teachers. Schools scoring below the parish's average had the reverse ratings on these characteristics. However, a predictive mathematical model found striking contrasts between predicted and actual school performance. Further analysis determined that the numerous socioeconomic variables explored were so highly correlated as to be considered one separate dimension in school effectiveness, while two separate important dimensions (teacher preparation and teacher experience) emerged among the school variables. Teacher, parent and peer expectations also were found to vary among schools of higher and lower effectiveness. Much of this report consists of tables demonstrating the study's statistical analysis of variables. Student, teacher, and principal questionnaires are appended. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana