ERIC Number: ED248612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-3
Reference Count: 0
School District Profiles: An Aid to Decision Making.
Bliss, James O.
The Missouri School Profile System is composed of six profiles drawn from pre-existing databases, with the data organized in a manner useful to school districts for comparison purposes and returned to school districts for their use. Use of such a system should reduce or eliminate the need for special school district studies of finance or pupil counts. Those interested in adapting the system for use in other states are advised: (1) rearrange existing data already being collected by the state education agency; (2) state averages and various comparisons should not contain individual school district data; (3) the system should cover at least a 3-year time span for trend analysis purposes; and (4) limit the system to the smallest possible number of data items. The purposes and data elements of Missouri's six profiles are explained in the document. The first and second profiles concern a comparison over time of the districts' receipts and expenditures; the third, relative transportation costs; the fourth, what students are doing after leaving school; the fifth, actual enrollment; and the sixth, staff salary, prior years' salary, and instructors' experience. (MLF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Databases, Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Enrollment Projections, Expenditure per Student, Information Dissemination, School Business Officials, School District Spending, School Districts, School Statistics, State Departments of Education, State School District Relationship, Statistical Analysis
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Missouri School Profile System
Note: Transcription of speech given at the Annual Meeting of the Association of School Business Officials (Phoenix, AZ, October 2-6, 1983).