ERIC Number: ED345018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Formative Evaluation of the Westport Business Technology Magnet High School 1990-1991.
Brock, Sharon L.
The Westport Business Technology Magnet High School completed its first year of operation as part of the Kansas City (Missouri) School District's Long-Range Magnet School Plan. The program was evaluated through classroom observations, enrollment rates and test scores, and surveys of 146 students, 49 teachers, and 217 parents. Program implementation was hindered by the loss of the school principal; the absence of a program administrator; and the lack of facilities, equipment, and supplies. Computer equipment was not available until the second semester. The school operated below capacity during its first year of theme implementation. The 1990-1991 court-ordered desegregation goals were not met: minority enrollment increased by a minimum of 1 percent in each grade rather than the desired 2 percent reduction. With the exception of the ninth-grade written expression subtest, minority achievement test scores were below district and national averages. Non-minority student test gains were observed from 1990 scores. Parents were the only group who were satisfied with the theme. Students were equally divided on magnet theme issues. Teachers were dissatisfied with theme implementation, planning and preparation, intrastaff cooperation, and administrative support. (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas City School District, MO.