ERIC Number: ED399281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Enhancing Parent Involvement in Schools: A Large Scale Parent Survey.
Goldman, Jill; Johnson, Mary
The methodology that has been used over the past 5 years to develop and implement the Parent Survey of the Department of Defense Dependents' Schools (DoDDS), known as the "Report Card from DoDDS Parents," is described. The focus is not on survey results, but on the processes and procedures used to design appropriate instruments, distribute and track the surveys on a large scale, and report findings to key players in the school system. DoDDS, an overseas school system that educates children of military personnel, educated nearly 85,000 students in 1995. The Report Card allows parents the opportunity to express their opinions about the quality of the curriculum, faculty, administration, and auxiliary services. Surveys are distributed to parents of all children, with followup reminders as needed to assure at least a 60% return rate. Data analyses are conducted to summarize survey results and to produce databases that generate frequency distributions of all survey item responses. School administrators and staff at all levels review the results and identify areas to be addressed in future program development. The program's success has depended on the involvement of key players, easy-to-complete survey instruments, widespread publicity, and effective reporting of findings to parents as well as schools. Appendix A contains a sample report card, and Appendix B is a sample survey findings report. (Contains one figure.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Databases, Dependents Schools, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Military Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Program Development, Program Implementation, Report Cards, Research Methodology, Surveys, Test Construction, Test Items
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dependents Schools (DOD), Washington, DC.; Caliber Associates, Fairfax, VA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (New York, NY, April 9-11, 1996).