ERIC Number: ED056247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Case Studies in Educational Performance Contracting. Part 1. Conclusions and Implications.
Carpenter, Polly; Hall, George R.
This volume presents conclusions and implications derived from five cities' experience with performance contracting in education: Norfolk, Virginia; Texarkana, Arkansas (with Liberty-Eylau, Texas); Gary, Indiana, Gilroy, California; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The five case studies cover eight programs in 15 schools. While each study is treated in a self-contained report, it has also been part of a coordinated investigation of more than 20 programs conducted from 1969 to 1971. This volume begins with a brief description of Rand's field study. Implications are then discussed under seven headings: instructional processes, cognitive growth, resource requirements, evaluation, program management, returns to contractors, and the major advantages and disadvantages of performance contracting. Conclusions include: (1) Individualized instruction was the goal of all programs; (2) The performance contracts, in most cases, produced respectable gains on standardized achievement tests; (3) Costs of programs vary widely; (4) Performance contracting fostered a healthy emphasis on the student and his learning as a measure of program success; (5) Performance contracting is proving to be a useful research and development tool; (6) This contracting has not generated large profits so far; (7) Performance contracting facilitates the introduction of radical change in education; (8) Some programs have been so complex that management has been severely hampered. For related documents, see ED 056 248 through ED 056 252. (Author/CK)
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Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.