An Assessment of the USAFE School Board Test Program
Final rept. Nov 2001-Jul 2002
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This paper provides an independent assessment of the United States Air Force Europe USAFE School Board Test Program which was conducted at six locations in Europe to determine if school boards provide an improved way for parents to voice concerns about their childrens education It includes the findings of extensive interviews with military leaders parents, administrators and teachers in Europe the Continental United States CONUS and the Pacific a review of relevant documents and quantifiable analyses of objective and subjective data about Department of Defense Education Activity DoDEA advisory organizations and Local Educational Agency LEA school boards. The 2 year test was conducted during School Year SY 00-01 and 01-02 During that time school boards which had elected parents as members replaced Installation Advisory Committees IACs with an equal number of parents and teachers elected from the School Advisory Committees SACs at the installation The USAFE School Boards were evaluated against the current IAC system in the Department of Defense Dependent Schools DoDSS and the school board system used in the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools DDESS The assessment concluded that the school board system did not increase the parents ability to influence school system decisions or increase parental participation in the education process The current systems in DoDDS and DDESS are effective and should continue. Parents need to be educated continuously on how they can be effectively involved in their childrens education.
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