ERIC Number: ED349225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Elementary Schools: 1988-1989, 1989-1990, 1990-1991. Summative Evaluation.
Brock, Sharon L.
This summative evaluation assesses the progress made by four elementary magnet schools in Kansas City, Missouri during three years of implementing a visual and performing arts theme. Enrollment, implementation, perceptions, and achievement are the focal areas considered in the evaluation. Enrollment at each elementary arts magnet school was above 90% of capacity. However, efforts to achieve desegregation goals were only moderately successful. Overall, the study found many positive, successful efforts in program implementation at each of the four schools as well as persistent difficulties. Questionnaire responses by teachers revealed that satisfaction with the program has declined throughout the three years of implementation. Students appeared to enjoy the arts theme, and the programs seem to have a positive effect on the majority of students enrolled. Parents also seemed to feel positive about the program; parent satisfaction has increased since the first year of implementation. The 1989 kindergarten cohort was examined to assess achievement through three years of theme implementation. Achievement scores did not improve significantly across the three years. A number of recommendations are put forth based on the findings of the summative evaluation. Tables and figures appear throughout the report. Three appendices are included: (1) calendar of events; (2) parent, student, and teacher ratings and perceptions by school; and (3) extended day activities. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Kansas City School District, MO.