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ERIC Number: ED501833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-21
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Perceptions of School Quality: Implications for School Administrators
Richardson, Michael J.; Sabbah, Hilda Y.; Juchau, Adrian T.; Caldarella, Paul; Young, Ellie L.
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This study conducted in four secondary schools across three years, provides an example of how stakeholder perceptions about school quality might be obtained and analyzed to aid in setting administrative objectives. The participating schools served predominantly Caucasian students in suburban and rural areas. Approximately 30% of students at these schools received free or reduced lunch. Parents, students and school staff were asked to complete the Indicators of School Quality survey, which includes items regarding parent support, teacher excellence, student commitment, school leadership, instructional quality, resource management, and school safety. An average of 1098 parents, 159 teachers, and 3108 students completed surveys each year across the three years. School staff tended to rate their schools more positively on average than parents. Female students, younger students, and students claiming ethnic majority status all tended to rate their schools higher than other students. These results suggest that administrators could benefit from understanding how stakeholders differ in their perceptions of school quality, particularly as they engage in school improvement efforts. ISQ School Learning Environment Items by Respondent Audience is appended. (Contains 6 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah
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