ERIC Number: ED088195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Atlanta Project: How One Large School System Responded to Performance Information.
White, Bayla F.; And Others
This report presents the results of a field test, the purpose of which was to determine the effects on school system management, decisions, and operations of the introduction of specially prepared information on the relative achievement levels of schools and grades serving students of similar economic levels. A relatively simple and economical system of visually unmistakable signals was introduced so that decisions, especially at managerial levels in a large urban school system, would not have to be made in a vacuum -- that is, without clear indications of schools and grades where unusually high or low performances were being achieved. The introduction of the signals during the 1972-73 school year, with excellent cooperation by Atlanta school personnel, found in part that school officials readily accepted the signals as an understandable mechanism that they could use to diagnose performance; personnel division staff used signals to improve procedures for screening new applicants; but that signals seemed to play little or no part in decisions regarding instructional programs and textbook adoption. One major implication of the findings for large urban school systems is that decisions concerning the operation of the school which are made higher up in the administrative structure are generally made without information regarding performance at the classroom level. (Author/DN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administration, Decision Making, Evaluation Criteria, Performance, Performance Factors, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, School Districts, Teacher Effectiveness, Urban Schools
Publications Office, The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 (Order Number URI-62000, $4.25)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.