ERIC Number: ED382315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-3
Reference Count: N/A
WCPSS Parent Survey.
A study examined parents' opinions about the Wake County (Raleigh, North Carolina) public school system (WCPSS). Opinions were sought on the following areas at both the school and district level: school climate, quality of educational programs, expectations of students, school and system pride, parent involvement, and responsiveness to parent concerns. Additional items addressed issues related to specific programs such as year-round schooling, magnet programs, program evaluation, and arts education. Sixty-six percent of all parents in the district responded. Of those who responded, more than 69 percent indicated that their child's school was effective; responses were generally more positive at the elementary level than at the secondary level. Parents were more undecided and less positive about system level effectiveness. The greatest points of agreement among parents included: (1) they were comfortable visiting their child's school; (2) the school provided sufficient opportunities for parental involvement; (3) the school grounds were clean and attractive; (4) the staff was committed to excellence; (5) the school was a safe and secure place to learn. Strong parental support was shown for the supplemental math programs for at-risk students, and for greater evaluation of educational program effectiveness. Parents indicated less agreement as to whether: (1) the school system was better than it was 5 years earlier; (2) parents are sufficiently involved in planning and decision-making processes; (3) the central office is responsive to parental concerns; and (4) they would send their child to a more-distant school that offered a unique academic program. (A copy of the survey form is included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public Schools System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina