Kahuku Alumni Survey

KEAC Education-to-Careers Needs Assessment Survey

Looking At the Results 
By MaryAnne Long

In the spring of 2000, the Ko`olauloa Educational Alliance Corporation (KEAC) surveyed Kahuku School Complex teachers and other personnel, parents, students, and the business community regarding their perspectives on how well the schools are doing in preparing students to eventually enter the work world. The survey information is being analyzed to help KEAC develop a strategic plan.

Statistical results give a measure of how our schools are doing. There was no overwhelming agreement that Kahuku Complex schools are doing a better than average job of preparing our students for either immediate careers or further education.

But, the anecdotal comments made by teachers, administrators, counselors, and parents help to pinpoint where the strengths and weaknesses are. Respondents made these comments regarding the most important thing a school does:

  • Expose students to wide variety of experiences, cultures, ideas to create a well-rounded individual.
  • Encourage students to solve problems, think critically, analyze. Learn how to learn.
  • Help students master basic skills.
  • Help students grow as social beings and make them aware of their responsibilities to society.
  • Provide a safe, nurturing leaning environment.

In response to a question regarding their one wish for schools, these central themes emerged in the replies:

  • Smaller class sizes.
  • More resources.
  • Better facilities.
  • Upgraded technology.
  • More parental and community involvement.
  • Need for cooperative spirit among school personnel.
  • Relevant learning.
  • More stress on vocational education.
  • That everyone value education.

In the spring of 2000, the Ko`olauloa Educational Alliance Corporation (KEAC) surveyed Kahuku School Complex teachers and other personnel, parents, students, and the business community regarding their perspectives on how well the schools are doing in preparing students to eventually enter the work world. The survey information is being analyzed to help KEAC develop a strategic plan.

Statistical results give a measure of how our schools are doing. There was no overwhelming agreement that Kahuku Complex schools are doing a better than average job of preparing our students for either immediate careers or further education.

But, the anecdotal comments made by teachers, administrators, counselors, and parents help to pinpoint where the strengths and weaknesses are. Respondents made these comments regarding the most important thing a school does:

  • Expose students to wide variety of experiences, cultures, ideas to create a well-rounded individual.
  • Encourage students to solve problems, think critically, analyze. Learn how to learn.
  • Help students master basic skills.
  • Help students grow as social beings and make them aware of their responsibilities to society.
  • Provide a safe, nurturing leaning environment.

In response to a question regarding their one wish for schools, these central themes emerged in the replies:

  • Smaller class sizes.
  • More resources.
  • Better facilities.
  • Upgraded technology.
  • More parental and community involvement.
  • Need for cooperative spirit among school personnel.
  • Relevant learning.
  • More stress on vocational education.
  • That everyone value education.

Students who responded to the survey seemed somewhat positive in their responses to how well our schools prepare them for careers. The students recognized the importance mastery of basic skills, communications skills, and thinking skills in helping them succeed in the future.

Unfortunately, response to the surveys from the business community was scant. The few who did respond did not overwhelmingly agree that the educational system was doing a better than average job of preparing students for future careers. They did, however, see job shadowing as an important step in preparing students for future employment.

The business community’s anecdotal comments to the survey suggest that they want to see more stress on teaching

  • thinking skills;
  • importance of being on time;
  • understanding of company policies; and
  • communication skills.

From the information gathered from this survey, KEAC will begin to develop programs to address the concerns expressed. KEAC plans to work more closely with businesses to create experiences for students that will help them better understand what is expected of them in the work world.

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