ERIC Number: ED363935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Strategic Planning in Utah's Public Schools: Current Status and Recommendations for the Future. A Statewide Study. Executive Summary to the Final Report.
Western Inst. for Research and Evaluation, Logan, UT.
This document presents findings of a study that examined the use of strategic planning by Utah schools and school districts. Enacted in 1992, the Utah State Strategic Plan (USSP) authorized and encouraged school districts and schools to engage in strategic planning activities. Data were obtained through telephone interviews with all 40 Utah school district superintendents, a survey of 216 Utah principals (to which 124 responded), and on-site visits to 5 schools. Far more administrators knew "of" strategic planning than those who understood its substance. Administrators expressed much confusion about the relationship of various state-sponsored programs to one another. Both superintendents and principals expressed positive attitudes toward the plan, but identified teachers as the group most likely to be impacted. They identified as impediments to implementation: lack of clear direction and realistic expectations from the state and lack of funding. Recommendations to improve the reporting process include: (1) clarify the roles of stakeholders and the relationship of strategic planning to other state educational initiatives; (2) prevent political intervention; (3) provide funding, training, and information; (4) develop an accurate, feasible, annual reporting process; and (5) recognize the amount of time needed for implementation. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Authoring Institution: Western Inst. for Research and Evaluation, Logan, UT.
Identifiers - Location: Utah