ERIC Number: ED458697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
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A District Level Planning Model.
McHenry, W. E.; Achilles, C. M.
This report examines school district planning models in South Carolina. It focuses on three questions: (1) Of those school districts conducting some type of systematic planning, how many are producing strategic plans? Long-range plans? Accountability reports? (2) In those same districts, how many are preparing adequate program-management documents? And (3) What key planning components for both a comprehensive strategic plan and program-management model are generally absent in plans currently developed in K-12 school districts in the state? All 81 districts in the state were surveyed; 27 districts responded. The results reveal a minimal understanding of the structure and effect of planning. Fully 96 percent of responding districts' planning initiatives were deemed inadequate in meeting even the broadest interpretation of strategic planning. It was evident that the catalyst for most district-level planning efforts was state law. Overall, it appears that effective planning at the district level was limited, at best. There was a lack of understanding of the elements of planning, which was complicated by the inadequate preparation and training of district superintendents and their supporting staffs. The report deduces that certain inefficiencies in district-level education can be traced directly and indirectly to an almost universal lack of adequate planning. A district-level planning model is provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina