ERIC Number: ED376479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Communications and Writing Magnet Elementary Schools 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1991-1992. Summative Evaluation.
Kansas City School District, MO.
A summative evaluation assessed the progress made by three elementary magnet schools during three years of implementing a communications and writing magnet theme in the Kansas City, Missouri, school district. The program of communications and writing at the elementary level (serving approximately 250 students each year) was designed to provide students the opportunity to express themselves through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Data included classroom observations, school visits, perceptual questions administered to teachers, students, and parents, interviews with school principals and administrators, and achievement data. Results indicated that: (1) while the majority of parents were satisfied with the program, many parents expressed contradictory feelings about the relative significance of the theme content in their choice of school; (2) student perceptions of the theme were inconsistent and somewhat contradictory; (3) teachers expressed support of and commitment to the theme, but expressed dissatisfaction with staff development programs, student attendance, and communication with parents; and (4) a cohort of communications and writing elementary students outperformed the district on standardized tests. Recommendations are to make efforts to improve student behavior and interpersonal relations, improve the attraction of the elementary communications and writing theme, and improve staff development programs. (Contains 10 references, and 13 tables and four figures of data. Appendixes presenting nine tables of data and the evaluation report feedback form are attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas City School District, MO.