ERIC Number: ED056249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Case Studies in Educational Performance Contracting. Part 3. Texarkana, Arkansas; Liberty-Eylau, Texas.
Carpenter, Polly; And Others
The Texarkana model of performance contracting consists of five major elements: (1) turnkeying of cost-effective new technology as a basic program goal, (2) use of a performance contract for instruction, (3) use of a management support contractor, (4) selection of the learning system contractor by formal competition, and (5) use of independent evaluators and auditors. It is clear from the Texarkana experience in 1970-71 that performance contracting has been a mechanism for educational process change. In both years, the program successfully met the goal of reducing the dropout rate. It was unsuccessful, however, in producing any significant achievement gains as measured by standardized norm-referenced tests. Achievement measurement still has many logistic, administrative and conceptual problems. Texarkana evaluation procedures' have enabled impressive feedback of pertinent managerial information. Model Cities provided a mechanism for solving some problems and a source of seed money for modest expansion and development of the program. For related documents, see ED 056247, 248, 250, 251, and 252. (Author/CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.