ERIC Number: ED380245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of the Non-K12 School District Organizational Form in New York State.
Monk, David H.
This paper reports on a study assessing the viability of the non-K-12 organizational form as currently practiced in New York State. The study involved 26 non-K-12 sending districts (small elementary schools) and 29 K-12 receiving districts. Results are based on pupil test score performance at the secondary level and on 692 responses to a parent questionnaire. Students from non-K-12 districts enrolled in academic courses of study and passed Regents examinations in roughly the same proportions as did students resident in receiving districts. Respective sizes of the sending and receiving districts were unrelated to the relative academic performance of transferring students. Parent responses to forced-choice questions suggest relatively high levels of average satisfaction with various aspects of the non-K-12 organizational form. However, support was mixed with statistically significant differences in satisfaction and feelings of disenfranchisement across the 26 non-K-12 sending districts. Impediments to success with the non-K-12 form included inadequate transportation, the abruptness of the transition, inopportune grade levels of transition, calendar inconsistencies, inadequate communication, parental disenfranchisement, curricular inconsistencies, narrowness of choice, and inherent bias toward resident students. Recommendations to deal with all impediments are included. Appendices include the high school and parent survey instruments. (RAH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Feeder Patterns, High School Students, Instructional Program Divisions, Interdistrict Policies, Organizational Change, Parent Attitudes, Public Schools, School District Reorganization, School District Size, School Districts, Transfer Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York