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does the support personnel accountability report card sparc make a difference

Does the Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC) Make a Difference?

California Association of School Counselors (CASC) Presentation

March 30, 2007

presenters
Presenters

This research was sponsored by

California Counselor Leadership Academy (CCLA) and Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE)

Dr. Kathryn C. Reilly

and

Dr. Randy V. Campbell

California State University, Los Angeles

sparc eleven components first step sparc six components
Principal's Comments*

Student Support Personnel Team*

School Climate/ Safety*

Student Results*

Major Achievements

Measurements

Community Partnerships/Resources

Volunteer Involvement

Focus for Improvement

Keeping You Informed*

Overall Clarity and Congruency*

SPARC - Eleven ComponentsFirst Step SPARC - Six Components*
the evaluation questions
The Evaluation Questions
  • How useful is the Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC) in achieving its goals?
  • What is the effect of the SPARC on the behaviors and attitudes towards student support personnel in California?
  • Have the roles and responsibilities school counselors changed as a result of the SPARC?
the design of the evaluation
The Design of the Evaluation
  • To determine changes in attitudes and behaviors
    • Initial focus groups in three regions of the state with SPARC raters
    • Preliminary survey after refining questions
    • Final 10 focus groups to validate the survey questions
    • Pilot survey tested with 6 key individuals
    • Survey administered through zoomerang
method
Method
  • Email sent out to 144 support personnel
  • This represented 12 counties which contain 367 school districts
  • 122 surveys returned with 119 useable (82.6% response rate)
results

Results

Summary of responses to the survey

39 additional comments
39 Additional Comments
  • Positive = 49%
  • Suggestion = 36%
  • Negative = 15%
discussion
Discussion
  • Stakeholders bought into evaluation process
  • All sections of the SPARC were useful in achieving its goals
  • Student Results section was most useful in meeting all four goals
  • Trend is that Behaviors/Attitudes toward Support Personnel changed over time within but not outside school
discussion continued
Discussion (continued)
  • Not clear if the Roles/Responsibilities of School Counselor changed due to SPARC
  • Counselors wrote the SPARC without financial resources
  • SPARC shared extensively within schools but not outside of schools
recommendations
Recommendations
  • Establish communication loops for SPARC feedback within and outside of schools
  • Highlight Student Results section of the SPARC
  • Use the SPARC to continue the transformation of the roles and responsibilities of school counselors
  • Plan a future study with larger samples to assess impact of SPARC
contact information
Contact Information

Dr. Kathryn C. Reilly

kreilly@calstatela.edu

Dr. Randy V. Campbell

rcampbe@calstatela.edu

sparc resources
SPARC Resources

To obtain more information about the SPARC, please go to LACOE’s website at:

www.sparconline.net