ERIC Number: ED077970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Evolution of Educational Performance Contracting in Five School Districts, 1971-72. A Working Note.
Hall, G. R.; And Others
Visits in the Spring of 1972 to five school districts (Norfolk, Virginia; Texarkana, Arkansas; Gary, Indiana; Gilroy, California; and Grand Rapids, Michigan) that had implemented educational performance contracting programs during the 1970-71 school year are reported. Changes in the content and methods of instruction, measurement and evaluation, and management seem to have been brought about by the programs. The large gains hoped for by many proponents of performance contracting have not usually been achieved. In each of the districts, a diagnostic-prescriptive approach to individualization of instruction has been encouraged by the performance contracting programs. More attention is being given to the need for a wider range of self-instructional materials in such programs. Programs that had been converted from performance contracts to in-house efforts tended to be adapted to individual teaching styles, and more diversity among classrooms resulted. With one exception, the 1971-72 programs used about the same resource support as they had the previous year, or even greater support was provided. Performance contracting (which is still largely limited to reading and mathematics courses) ties contractor payments to student test results and, therefore, focuses attention on testing and evaluation. The result has been increasing concern with development of better measurement techniques and evaluations. The performance contracting programs forced school administrators to become involved with the course of a project from the point of making contractual arrangements to the implementation of the programs in the classrooms. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.