Teachers', parents', and students' perceptions of effective school characteristics of two Texas urban exemplary open-enrollment charter schools

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Title: Teachers', parents', and students' perceptions of effective school characteristics of two Texas urban exemplary open-enrollment charter schools
Author: Albert - Green, DeEadra Florence
Abstract: The primary purpose of this study was to examine how teachers , parents , and students viewed their charter school as effective when effectiveness was defined by the following 11 characteristics : (a ) instructional leadership , (b ) clear mission , (c ) safe and orderly environment , (d ) positive school climate , (e ) high expectations , (f ) frequent monitoring , (g ) basic skills , (h ) opportunities for learning , (i ) parent and community involvement , (j ) professional development and (k ) teacher involvement . Two exemplary open -enrollment charter schools in Texas were used in this study . All 24 teacher , parent , and student participants completed a questionnaire that addressed characteristics analyzed for each group . The 72 participants in this quantitative study were randomly chosen to respond to items on the School Effectiveness Questionnaire developed by Baldwin , Freeman , Coney , Fading , and Thomas . Data from the completed questionnaires were reported using descriptive statistics and frequency data . Major research findings for the study were as follows : 1 . There was agreement among teachers , parents , and students regarding 5 characteristics . These characteristics were : (a ) safe and orderly environment , (b ) positive school climate , (c ) high student expectations , (d ) frequent student assessment , and (e ) monitoring of achievement and basic skills . 2 . Teachers and parents agreed their school demonstrated effective instructional leadership , a clear and focused mission , and a maximized opportunity for learning . On the other hand , students were uncertain their school provided maximum opportunities for learning . 3 . Only parents and students were in agreement concerning the parental involvement in their school . In contrast , teachers were uncertain their school provided parent and community involvement . 4 . Teachers were also uncertain their school provided strong professional development and included them in the decision -making process for the school .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2566
Date: 2005-11-01

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Teachers', parents', and students' perceptions of effective school characteristics of two Texas urban exemplary open-enrollment charter schools. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2566 .

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