Academic journal article Education

Comparing the High School Evaluation by Graduating Seniors with a Similar Evaluation by Lower Division Students

Academic journal article Education

Comparing the High School Evaluation by Graduating Seniors with a Similar Evaluation by Lower Division Students

Article excerpt

The Principal at Haywood High School ask not only the graduating seniors to evaluate the high school program, but also a group of 78 non-senior students to make the same evaluation using the SHRS scale. It was a surprise to find the ratings quite similar. The Non-Senior group rated two of the ten scale significantly higher than the Graduating Seniors--(1) Standards for college and non-college students separately, and (2) Annual assessments that agree with what is being taught and the school standards embraced.

The Senior Student High School Rating Scale (SHRS) was designed for use by graduating seniors to evaluate the high school program they have been involved in for the past several years. The present study sought to make a comparison between the ratings by graduating seniors and a group of lower grade high school students from the same school, and for the same period in time.

Groups Involved

The group included 128 graduating seniors who did not use their names or give any other identifying data, along with a corresponding group of 78 non graduating students from the three lower classes at Haywood high school in Tennessee.

General Findings

The comparative evaluation used three separate programs as depicted in Figure 1 and 2 and Table 1 below. Figure 1 includes the SHRS Evaluation Profile for the 128 Graduating Seniors. Figure 2 includes comparable data for the 78 students in the lower grades at Haywood High School. Table 1 contains a t-statistic between the means for the scores on SHRS between the graduating seniors and others.

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Graduating Seniors

It is clear from the data in Figure 1 below that statistically speaking the graduating seniors at Haywood High School rate their high school better than graduating seniors from other comparable high schools in America. Not a single one of the ten SHRS scales were rated as being below average in relation to similar ratings by other high school students The overall SHRS Total Score reflected that above average rating.

Other Students

From Figure 2 below the ratings by the 78 students in lower grades also rated the programs at Haywood High School as above average, but slightly less than the Graduating Senior ratings. …

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