ERIC Number: ED339095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Priority Schools: The Fourth Year. Evaluation Findings, 1990-91.
Christner, Catherine; And Others
In 1986-87, the school board of the Austin Independent School District approved an assignment plan that returned most elementary students to their neighborhood schools and created 16 predominantly minority schools with many students from low-income families. To assure that these students received a quality education, a 5-year Plan for Educational Excellence was implemented. The 4th-year results of the plan in each of the schools is summarized in this report. Methodology involved analysis of reports and student test scores and surveys of principals, staff, and parents. Findings indicate that the district provided full-day prekindergarten classes, innovative funds, and extra support staff, and lowered the pupil/teacher ratio. Test scores showed improvement in priority school students' academic achievement. Other indicators of success included increased teacher attendance, favorable parent and staff attitudes, increased parent and community involvement, and implementation of a multicultural education program. Fifty-two figures are included. Attachments include a school climate/effectiveness survey, school standards reports, priority schools summaries, recommendations for student placement, discipline incidents, Adopt-A-School data, and parent survey results. A one-page executive summary precedes the text. (10 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.