ERIC Number: ED414115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Voices of Experience: Educators Speak Out for Change.
Crone-Koshel, Linda; Margolin, Arnie
A state survey examined the opinions of West Virginia educators about the educational system and needs for educational reform. Surveys were sent to 182 recognized educators (those receiving awards in the past 10 years), all 55 superintendents, and a random sample of 1,000 teachers and 41 principals. A total of 384 surveys were returned. Followup interviews were conducted with 60 subjects on the most salient issues emerging from survey results: funding, personnel evaluation, and personnel selection. The survey covered 12 educational areas: staff development, curriculum and graduation requirements, financial management, governance, school consolidation, computers, inclusion, teacher incentives, personnel evaluation, personnel assignments and mentoring, funding, and student transportation. For each area, cumulative responses for superintendents, principals, and teachers are presented, as well as top recommendations for change and representative comments. Areas receiving the most favorable responses were staff development, curriculum and graduation requirements, and financial management. The least favorable responses were found for evaluation, personnel assignment, and funding. In some areas, teacher and administrator attitudes differed. Overall, the top priorities for educational reform were in the areas of teacher quality, as it is influenced by hiring, placement, evaluation, and dismissal procedures, and funding, particularly with regard to the teacher-pupil ratio. A glossary and data tables are included. Appendices include the survey questionnaire, interview protocol, and tables of response frequencies and percentages. (SV)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.
Authoring Institution: Education Alliance, Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia