ERIC Number: ED338663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
AISD on AISD: Reflections on the State of the District--1990-91 Districtwide Surveys.
Spano, Sedra G.
In 1990-91, over 75,000 surveys were administered to Austin Independent School District (AISD), Texas, high school students. elementary school and secondary school teachers and administrators, other school professionals, and parents of students. These surveys gave respondents a chance to express their views on the AISD, and provide insight into the effectiveness of program and improvement activities in the AISD. The survey results are discussed in terms of the following topics: (1) school quality and effectiveness; (2) school safety; (3) district strengths and weaknesses; and (4) parent involvement. Overall, all responding groups were positive in their perceptions of the quality and effectiveness of AISD schools. All respondents agreed that school staff members believe in students' ability to achieve academically. All groups agreed that the schools are safe and secure places to learn. Students reported that they are satisfied with the involvement of their parents in their education; however, teachers at all levels believe that parents' lack of interest is one of the district's biggest problems. Students considered student lack of interest and truancy the biggest problem the district faces; most teachers and administrators are pleased with dropout prevention efforts. Teachers are generally satisfied with the instructional leadership of principals, inservice training and staff development, and the fairness of job appraisals. Twenty-four figures illustrate the survey findings. Five appendices with nine tables contain more specific survey results. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, High School Students, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation, Safety, School Districts, School Effectiveness, School Personnel, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Austin Independent School District, Office of Research and Evaluation, 1111 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703-5399.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.