ERIC Number: ED462405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Parent and Community Involvement.
Parent involvement is a key element of efforts of the Austin Independent School District (AISD) to enhance students' academic and social success. Every AISD campus has a Campus Advisory Council or some other group with parent representation, and schools receiving funds under federal "titles" are required to include parent representation on advisory councils. In the 2000-2001 academic year, 55 AISD campuses used a combination of funds to employ a parent support specialist to provide workshops and other services to parents and community members. This report provides data on several components of AISD's parent involvement program. As part of the evaluation, surveys were completed by 371 administrators, teachers, parent support specialists, other professionals, and classified staff. A survey in English and Spanish was also completed by 4,496 parents. Additional information came from a detailed survey completed by 31 parent support specialists. Data from other evaluation studies added to the picture of parental involvement in the AISD. A review of the data indicates that the AISD is in compliance with Texas Education Agency Standards for parent involvement. Some areas of weakness were identified, including a lack of awareness on the part of teachers of the district's parent involvement policies, operations, and funding sources and a lack of awareness on the part of parent support specialists of certain school district policies. In addition, parents were often unaware of programs and opportunities for involvement. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, School Districts
Austin Independent School District Department of Accountability, Office of Program Evaluation, 111 W. Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78703 (Publication Number 00.04). Web site: http://www.austin.isd.tenet.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.