ERIC Number: ED312342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Views and Viewpoints about AISD: Student, Staff, and Parent Opinions, 1988-89.
Galindo, Letticia; Baenen, Nancy
Results of district-wide opinion surveys about a variety of key topics concerning the Austin (Texas) Independent School District (AISD) conducted during 1988-89 are discussed in this report. Over 49,000 students, teachers, other campus professionals, campus administrators, and parents participated. The following positive views about school quality and effectiveness are reported: (1) high percentages of staff, parents, and students rated their schools as "excellent" or "above average"; (2) nearly all staff agree that they have high expectations for student success and that school climates were conducive to learning, student progress was monitored frequently to improve performance, and students were actively engaged in learning in classrooms; (3) parents believe that home/school relationships are positive and believe also that AISD's greatest strengths include the instructional staff and high academic quality; and (4) in general, elementary staff and parents are more positive than secondary, and administrators are more positive than professionals. A few areas were identified for possible improvement. Staff, parents, and students most frequently identified pupils' lack of interest and lack of respect for teachers and other students as the biggest problems; and professionals were least positive about the quantity of paperwork and staff morale. About half of the professionals surveyed in 1988-89 and 1987-88 perceived the teaching profession as declining compared to five years ago, and two out of three teachers plan to stay with teaching as a career. Statistical data are included on 29 tables and graphs, and tabulations of the survey responses by respondent group are attached. A list of five references is also appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Employee Attitudes, Excellence in Education, Parent Attitudes, Professional Personnel, School Effectiveness, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Areas, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)