ERIC Number: ED347200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Texas Campus Report Cards: The Story of One Blind Man and Six Elephants.
Riegel, Laurel Blyth
The Texas Education Agency prepares school report cards (SRCs) as part of its academic excellence indicator system (AEIS) of local school accountability. The SRCs are used for evaluating campuses, determining accreditation status, and identifying and rewarding campuses for outstanding performance. Condensing the complex data into the few statistical indexes that a SRC contains is a formidable task. It is argued that the design and revision of the AEIS requires more energy than it has received to date. The methods the AEIS uses for grouping campuses for comparison are described. Shortcomings and recommendations for a campus-wide accountability system are enumerated. Current suggestions and opinions expressed by educational researchers about assessment and evaluation are reviewed. A summary is provided of selected demographics of the changing population of America and implications for education. A paradigm shift for assessment and evaluation is proposed. The Texas SRCs do not provide the quality or type of accountability information needed for the tough decisions facing education today. Accountability for programs, schools, and teachers must reflect the actual functions and goals in operation for the benefit of each learner. Five tables present study data. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Accreditation (Institutions), Campuses, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Problems, Excellence in Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Management Information Systems, Profiles, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: School Information System; Texas; Texas Education Agency
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).