ERIC Number: ED308972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-7
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Attitudes toward School Effectiveness in the Harrisburg City School District's Elementary Division. Final Report.
Melnick, Steven A.; Fiene, Richard
A survey on parents' attitudes about school effectiveness in the early childhood and elementary programs was conducted in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, City School District. All students in grades K4 through 5 were given surveys to take home; 3,328 surveys were returned. The survey measured parental attitudes toward six dimensions of school effectiveness: (1) home-school relations; (2) clear school mission; (3) high expectations; (4) a safe and orderly environment; (5) instructional leadership; and (6) frequent monitoring of student progress. Findings indicate that relatively few parents gave negative marks to the Harrisburg City Schools. Parents who expressed an opinion gave the schools positive marks by more than a four to one margin. More than 60 percent of parents gave the elementary schools positive marks on all scales except the scale on instructional leadership. Parents were 70 percent positive on the frequent monitoring of student progress scale, 65 percent positive on the safe and orderly environment scale, 69 percent positive on the clear school mission scale, 52 percent positive on the instructional leadership scale, and 62 percent positive on the home-school relations scale. Recommendations for improvement are offered. The survey and related materials are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., Middletown. Capitol Campus.