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ERIC Number: ED394975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Statewide Education Reform Survey of Teachers, Principals, Parents and General Public, 1995.
Wilkerson (Tom) and Associates, Ltd., Louisville, KY.
This report describes the attitudes of parents, the general public, school principals, and teachers across Kentucky about the implementation of school reforms based on the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 (KERA). Data were gathered from random telephone surveys in the eight geographic regions of the state for each targeted audience based on quotas developed in proportion to school type or job function. Objectives included: to obtain target groups' evaluation of the public schools; to determine their knowledge and support of KERA, and their beliefs about whether the KERA initiatives are working; to identify priorities; to determine teacher/administrator stress levels; to test the target groups' agreement with beliefs and attitudes underlying KERA; to determine perceptions about KERA-related effects; to determine attitudes on academic expectations, statewide student assessment, and holding schools, professionals, students, and parents accountable for learning; and to determine differences in responses to items on the survey based on reward versus non-reward status, and level of schooling. Findings include that all participants believed that Kentucky schools had changed for the better since KERA; about half the parents and general public knew very little about KERA; stress levels were rated as major or extreme; at least 75 percent of respondents agreed with the beliefs of KERA; and it was generally agreed that academic expectations are clear to teachers and administrators, but need to be better defined, expanded, and clarified. Overall, Kentucky public schools after KERA were rated as good to fair but not excellent, and personal support levels for KERA were rated as supportive or very supportive. Deep concerns were expressed about the new testing program in Grades 4, 8 and 12, especially by teachers and principals. The objectives and results are presented in 146 pages of graphs and explanations. The survey forms are appended. (NAV)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Kentucky Inst. for Education Research, Frankfort.
Authoring Institution: Wilkerson (Tom) and Associates, Ltd., Louisville, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990