ERIC Number: ED383060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Education Report Cards and Local School Improvement. Educational Benchmarks. Goals for Education, 1995.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
School report cards can help focus the conversation about a school's long-range goals and how they might be achieved, and then provide the means to track progress from year to year. This document describes the characteristics of good report cards, the relationship of report cards to local decision making, and ways to link reports to school improvement. It also describes the criteria used by states to determine their educational progress. Every state in the Southern Regional Education Board region now produces an "educational accountability" report. The first report cards focused on information about social and economic conditions; current ones tend to emphasize results. To be effective, states must link effective educational report cards with local school-improvement efforts. Ownership, cooperation, and consensus on standards are vital. Multiple years of comparable data are needed to show progress on student performance. Improving student achievement is a continual process. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Performance, School Effectiveness, State Action, State School District Relationship
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA ($2.50 handling fee).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers: United States (South)
Note: For related 1991 and 1992 reports, see ED 335 800 and ED 357 471 respectively.