ERIC Number: ED335201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Low-Achieving Students Trouble Membership of California's Small School Districts' Association. Occasional Paper.
Schneider, E. Joseph
This report presents findings of a survey administered to 176 superintendents of small school districts in California. The purpose of the survey was to identify problems perceived by superintendents and to assess the extent to which districts have difficulties in providing effective instruction to limited English proficient (LEP) students. Although the districts were considered "small", 64% were located in Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA). Despite concentrations of Hispanic students in some districts, the small school districts enroll predominantly white students. Highest priorities taken by superintendents with high schools in their districts were improving teacher effectiveness and improving the education program for low-achieving students. Districts located in MSAs tend to enroll more Hispanic students than rural-based districts; therefore, they reported more concern about LEP instruction. In comparison to findings in a national survey, this survey found that California superintendents were more concerned about the need to recruit new teachers. Approximately 48% of the districts offer English-as-a-Second-Language programs and 97% receive Chapter 1 assistance. Consequently, nearly half of the respondents said they need help identifying and applying for special funds. The idea of "statewide school consortia" that can help manage educational changes was welcomed by the respondents. Respondents want to see specific topics of concern addressed by conferences and workshops. The appendix includes a copy of the survey questionnaire and descriptive statistics for all items in the survey. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.