ERIC Number: ED390110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Quality Assurance Development and Accountability through School Reviews.
This paper focuses on the development of the school-review process as it has evolved in the New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Department of School Education. The paper describes the background and context of the NSW public school system, which has undergone devolved management structures, rapid societal changes, and professional collaboration. The nature and process of school reviews are described in terms of their relationship to the school-effectiveness and school-improvement paradigms. Principles for conducting school reviews and forming quality-assurance teams are discussed. The paper concludes by identifying critical outcomes of school reviews from both a practical and theoretical perspective. A critical outcome of the school-review process is the establishment of skills and qualities that will enable schools to thrive as "learning organizations." Such schools: (1) respond to and drive the impetus for change; (2) are strongly committed to making a difference in the lives of children; (3) are staffed by teachers who work collaboratively to restructure the work of the school; (4) regularly engage in internal-review mechanisms to improve practices and enhance student-learning outcomes; and (5) are staffed by teachers who are committed, life-long learners. One figure is included. (Contains 22 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Organizational Climate, Performance, Program Evaluation, School Effectiveness, State Standards
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).