A School Community Needs Assessment of the Albia Community School District
Lepley, William L.
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The problem. The purpose of this study was to present an assessment of the educational needs of the Albia Community School District as viewed by parents, voters, and civic leaders in the community, thereby aiding the Board of Education, administration, and faculty in planning the curriculum, facilities, budgets, in-service, etc. Procedure. The opinionnaire method of research was employed to determine the reactions by the parents, voters, and civic leaders. Two methods of administering the opinionnaire were used. One, a group interview technique was used with the civic groups. Secondly, a mailing technique was used to administer the opinionnaire to parents, voters, and the Chamber of Commerce. The results were analyzed by computing the average rating of each objective used in the study and arranging the objectives in order of importance according to the average rating. Thirdly, the objectives were grouped under a major heading and the ratings for the objectives were averaged. That average became the average rating for the major heading. There were sixty objectives used. They were grouped under eighteen major headings. The eighteen major objectives were ranked In order of importance according to their average ratings. Findings. The response to the opinionnaire was good. There were 74.5 percent of the participants that returned the completed opinionnaire. The emphasis of the participants seemed to center on fine arts, use of leisure time, health and safety, and family living. The major objectives' averages ranged from 3.8 to 2.9 on a five point scale where five was the highest possible score. Conclusions. The immediate purpose of the study was to provide a basis for the Albia Community School District to initiate long-range planning of philosophy, goals, and activities, facilities, etc. The study provided that basis by providing a summary of the ratings in order of importance as determined by the participants. The members of the school district feel that emphasis needs to be placed on the fine arts curriculum. In the opinion of the author of the study, the fine arts curriculum in this particular school district needs strengthened. Recommendations. The results of the study should be adopted by the Board of Education and the superintendent or his appointed edministrator should assume leadership for developing an executive committee of a cross-section of the community (including students) to begin a serious study of the curriculum of the Albia Community School District.
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