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Open Access Dissertation

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Educational Administration

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Dr. Burnis Hall


The Annual Educational Reports were analyzed to validate compliance with the reporting requirements of Public Act 25 of 1990 and the modification to the act by Public Acts 335 and 339 of 1993. The study, using content analysis examined the data presented in the Annual Educational Reports for the seven school districts, representing 52 school buildings, in St. Clair County for a three year period (1993-1994, 1994-1995 and 1995-1996). The seven components of the Annual Educational Reports were analyzed by 13 research questions to determine compliance, outcomes and changes during the study. The seven components investigated were: Accreditation Status, Specialized Schools, School Improvement Plan, Core Curriculum, Aggregate and Disaggregated Student Achievement, Retention and Dropout Rates and Patent-Teacher Conference Participation. By the last year of the study only two of the 52 schools were summary accredited, none were unaccredited and 50 were interim accredited. All schools reported on specialized schools serving the district for the three years of the study. All districts included the components of the School Improvement Plan: Mission statements remained the same, number of goals increased, all reported evaluation methods and student outcomes, conservative staff development activities increased and building level decision making was hard to document. By the last year of the study all districts reported basing their core curriculum on the state model, district goals and student outcomes. Each year more males in mathematics, females in reading and males in science out performed their counterparts with satisfactory achievement on the state achievement test (Michigan Educational Assessment Program). All of the districts reported graduation rates above the national goal of having 90% of the students graduate. Retention rates were above and dropout rates were below the national average. The county three year average Parent-Teacher Conference participation decreased significantly between the levels. The high parent participation of 95.6% for elementaries decreased to 75.5% for the middle schools and decreased again for high schools to 60.8% of the parents.