ERIC Number: ED352369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Shedding Light on District Issues. 1991-92 Surveys of Students, Staff, and Graduates.
Spano, Sedra G.
In 1991-92, over 50,000 surveys were administered to high school students, elementary school and secondary school teachers and administrators, elementary school students' parents, and graduates from the Austin (Texas) Independent School District (AISD). Parent responses are not published in this report, which discusses the following parameters: (1) school quality and school effectiveness; (2) school safety; (3) district strengths and weaknesses; and (4) parental involvement. Most survey respondents believed that AISD schools are a safe and secure place to learn. Teachers and administrators were more positive in their overall assessments of the schools than were high school students. High school students were satisfied with parental involvement in the schools, but teachers and administrators considered it insufficient. High school students considered that students' lack of interest and truancy were the biggest problems schools face, but use of drugs returned to the list of top five problems after being absent in 1990-91. Although elementary school teachers and administrators indicated that staff morale was high, overall responses were significantly less positive than were those of the preceding year. Graduates generally considered their school experiences as adequate in preparing them for present activities. Twenty-two figures illustrate the survey results. Appendix A contains 4 tables presenting a 6-year summary of student surveys, Appendix B describes the item selection process, Appendix C discusses the nature of the surveys, and Appendix D contains 3 tables presenting a 4-year summary for educators. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, Educational Quality, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High School Students, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Districts, School Effectiveness, School Surveys, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.