ERIC Number: ED366112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Outcomes from Quality Assurance School Reviews: Their Use in System Planning and Decision-Making.
This paper discusses the rationale behind information-based approaches to school and systemic improvement and identifies some alternatives to the quality assurance model used in New South Wales (Australia). It outlines the structures established for identifying and reporting issues and trends on a systemic basis and discusses some of the implications for the educational system in light of an analysis conducted in the first year of the quality assurance programs. The New South Wales Quality Assurance Model unites two functions of the school system--school development and accountability. The 1993 review report, which analyzed 70 individual school reviews, obtained data from interviews with 1,870 staff, 3,531 students, 2,335 parents, 122 community members, and almost 300 classroom observations. Findings indicate that, overall, schools set high standards of care for the communities they serve. However, the review suggests a need for development in several areas: the provision of system-wide resource allocation; improvement of participative decision making; improvement of student welfare programs; and development of a statewide assessment policy. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Dept. of School Education, Sydney (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales)
Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (7th, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, January 1994).