ERIC Number: ED315481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Magnet School Continuation Project. Final Evaluation Report for 1988-89.
The Columbus (Ohio) 1988 Magnet Schools Continuation Project needs to encourage greater parent involvement by encouraging parent-teacher organizations and informing parents of their children's accomplishments. Major objectives were to enhance the core instructional program, to provide parents with an active partnership experience in their children's education, and to finalize the teaching staff. Evaluation was based on a comparison of enrollment and staffing in the magnet schools with non-magnet schools and the district as a whole, and on analysis of a survey measuring teacher satisfaction at the magnets. The following major findings are reported: (1) enrollment in the magnets was below capacity; (2) enrollment by sex at the magnets was comparable to the district proportions, but minority student enrollments were below the districtwide average; (3) the average daily attendance rate for the magnets was below target; (4) the discipline rate for the magnets was less than half that for the district; (5) performance on districtwide tests by magnet students was not significantly better than for non-magnets; (6) only one magnet parent-teacher association had an acceptable membership level; (7) Parent Conference Day attendance levels were not acceptable at any magnet; (8) all magnet teachers were state-certified and had training and experience in appropriate curricular areas; (9) two of the magnets did not have acceptable percentages of minority group teachers on their staffs; (10) three of the magnets did not appear to have enough teachers interested in teaching students with a wide range of achievement levels or participating in curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Statistical data are included on nine tables. A copy of the form for reporting parent participation is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbus Public Schools, OH. Dept. of Evaluation Services.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Columbus)