ERIC Number: ED415334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Extended School Year Program. Parents' Perceptions.
The Extended School Year Program of the Detroit Public Schools (Michigan) is designed to demonstrate that lengthening the school year will produce corresponding changes in student achievement as measured by the Michigan Educational Assessment Program and the Metropolitan Achievement Test. In 1996-97 it was funded by Title I and funds from the Board of Education in 1 high school, 3 middle schools, and 11 elementary schools in Area C of the Detroit schools and an Academy in Area B. Fifteen additional school days were added. This document focuses on parent perceptions of the Extended School Year in the 15 schools of Area C. Eighty-seven percent of the parents responding to a survey (256 respondents) said "yes" when asked if they understood the purpose of the Extended School Year. The majority (252 or 86%) were pleased that their child was enrolled, and 251 (85%) thought that the program helped the child improve academic skills. Most parents thought that children need more time in school, and most parents felt that the school system gave them adequate advance notification about the program. Most parents (246 or 84%) agreed that parental support is necessary to ensure the successful operation of the Extended School Year, and 228 thought that parents in the area were supportive of the Extended School Year. However, only 77% of respondents (228) responded that they would like their child's school to have an extended year next year. Many parents thought that the buildings needed air conditioning in the summer and that the extension interfered with family vacation time. Other expressed the need for more homework and activities, and regretted that other schools do not participate, which creates distractions for participating students. It is recommended that the physical environment be improved when possible, and that the early notification of parents, staff, and students be continued. An appendix gives parent responses in table form by school. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Testing.