ERIC Number: ED381891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Monitoring Education Quality in Schools: Framework and Technology.
Cheng, Yin Cheong
This paper provides a framework for the discussion of policy and development of educational quality. Based on the choice of indicators, the purpose of assessment, and the type of evaluation, the paper proposes a whole-matrix approach to addressing the critical issues in assessing and monitoring educational quality. These critical issues include maintaining a balance between the basic functions of monitoring and between school self-evaluation and external evaluation, choosing an appropriate combination of quality indicators, determining who decides which indicators and standards to examine, and managing the differences between school-level and system-level evaluation. The whole-matrix framework, which uses multiple indicators to monitor multiple levels, was used to map profiles of educational quality in Hong Kong schools. A survey of 62 primary schools was conducted in 1991 and 1993. The more comprehensive 1993 survey was administered to 56 principals, 1,407 teachers, 219 classrooms, and 7,102 students. The paper describes how the framework served the purposes of both internal development and external accountability. The information gained from such an evaluation can be then used for educational improvement. Two approaches to enhancing educational quality include the external-control approach and school-based management. Four figures are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Elementary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Research, Foreign Countries, Institutional Evaluation, Measurement Techniques, Organizational Climate, Organizational Development, School Based Management, School Effectiveness
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hong Kong
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (Leeuwarden, Netherlands, January 3-6, 1995).