ERIC Number: ED057262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Educational Performance Contracting. PREP-28.
National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Practice Improvement.
This document explicates what is involved in educational performance contracting. Four basic types of contracts can be used to procure goods and services: fixed and performance contracts for resources and fixed and performance contracts for results. The basic considerations in choice of type are risk, relative technologies, management skills between school and contractor, institutional considerations, and other intangibles. In contracting for student achievement, the goals sought are associated with reading, mathematics and vocational education skills, i.e., those skills that lend themselves to precise specification. The greater the technological and managerial advantage of the prospective contractor over the school, the greater the advantage of a contract for results over a contract for resources. The greater the risk in a project, the greater the advantage of a performance contract over a fixed contract. There is a large number of operational programs at the present time, but they are all experimental, and most are narrow in scope. In most of the programs, the contractors are directly involved in the classroom teaching and learning process. The real strength of performance contracting is its versatility--its potentiality for use in a wide variety of contexts. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Education, Contracts, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Objectives, Experimental Programs, Learning Processes, Mathematics, Performance Contracts, Performance Specifications, Program Evaluation, Reading, Teaching, Technology, Vocational Education
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Practice Improvement.