ERIC Number: ED429139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Exit Skills Summer Academies: Staff and Parents' Perceptions.
Johnson, Charmaine D.
The Exit Skills Summer Learning Academies of the Detroit Public Schools (Michigan) provided additional instruction to students in kindergarten and grades one and two who did not master specific objectives during the regular school year. A total of 174 schools participated, and 7,675 students received program services. The primary feature of the summer academies was smaller class size. To determine staff and parent perceptions of the summer academy, questionnaires were distributed to principals, staff, and parents at 54 randomly selected schools. Twenty-seven principal questionnaires, 148 teacher questionnaires, and 395 parent questionnaires were returned. These responses indicate that staff and parents would like the Exit Skills Summer Learning Academies to continue. However, teachers were concerned about excessive paperwork, limited in-service training, and the need for additional support staff. In general, parents indicated a preference for a longer summer session. Administrators indicated that an earlier delivery of materials would have been helpful, and that the reduction of staff pay lessened teachers' interest in participating. Teachers, parents, and administrators were pleased that the program allowed for individualized instruction. An appendix contains the parent and staff questionnaires. (Contains 14 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Class Size, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Remedial Programs, Summer Programs, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.