Summary

The purpose of this project was to conduct preliminary research into the outcomes following the first transitional year of School Planning Council (SPC) implementation in British Columba. SPCs were designed as advisory bodies that included three parents, one teacher, and one principal, (one student was added following 2003) whose purpose was to develop, monitor and review school plans for student achievement in consultation with the academic community. The 2002-03 school year was a transitional period in which schools and districts developed the policies and processes that would contribute to the successful operation of SPCs. This survey sought to illustrate the early work of SPCs and to identify processes, goals, perceived needs, challenges and successes following the first year of SPC operations. This baseline research was used to help refine survey questions and techniques in subsequent years.