ERIC Number: ED357951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Metropolitan Advanced Technical Magnet High School: 1990-1991. Formative Evaluation.
Seever, Mark L.
This report evaluates the implementation of the "Long-Range Magnet School Plan" at Metropolitan Advanced Technical Magnet High School in Kansas City, Missouri for academic year 1990-91. Introductory sections describe the program, and the evaluation design and methodology. Results on enrollment indicated that only ninth and tenth grades were operational. Enrollment goals for the ninth grade exceeded expectations, but the tenth grade fell below expectations (the overall enrollment was 76% of capacity). Site visits found evidence of the implementation of the magnet theme in the school. This evidence included displays regarding job opportunities, career choices, occupational cluster information, and equipment. Random observations documented the infusion of career, managerial, business ownership, mathematics, critical thinking, research, and responsibility theme components in the classrooms. Staff, parents, and students were satisfied with the school and magnet theme. Staff enjoyed teaching at the school and regularly infused theme components into classroom activities. Parents reported understanding the magnet theme and thinking that the magnet school selection process was fair. Students believed their education would help in reaching future educational and occupational goals. Achievement scores in reading, mathematics, and written expression were below district and national levels. Missouri Mastery and Achievement Test scores were comparable to district levels but below state averages. Degrees of Reading Power Test scores were below both district and national levels. The following recommendations were made: (1) make available to the District's Evaluation Office a more current planning outline; (2) consult with faculty when planning staff development sessions; (3) explore student behavior and the handling of that behavior by the faculty and administration; (4) increase parental involvement at MATHS; and (5) increase efforts at recruiting students, especially non-minority. Examples of the teacher, student, and parents survey instruments are included. (MDH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Demonstration Programs, Educational Assessment, Enrollment, Formative Evaluation, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Magnet Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Parent Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Reading Achievement, School Demography, School Desegregation, School Effectiveness, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Technology, Vocational Education, Vocational High Schools, Writing Achievement
Evaluation Office, School District of Kansas City, MO.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Kansas City School District, MO.