ERIC Number: ED125104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
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Educational Auditing and Quality Assurance. Occasional Paper No. 4.
Conner, James E.; Lessinger, Leon M.
This paper considers how to respond to new requirements for adequate disclosure of the schools' performance to the public. It proposes the use of three powerful constructs--quality control, quality assurance, and an independent educational accomplishment audit (IEAA). The essential elements of quality control are agreeing on and specifying desired outcomes of instruction (the standards), translating the desired outcomes into measurable objectives or verifiable proxy experiences (the design), formally comparing what is actually happening with what was intended (the evaluation for conformance to design), deciding what is required to be done to achieve conformance to design (the control plan), and doing what is required when such action is feasible (the control action). The agenda of quality assurance is the organization's quality control program. An IEAA is an audit of program accomplishment, in output terms, done by an outside agency. The audit would consider the quality control in a program and the program's cost-effectiveness. The intention of an audit must be viewed as positive and necessary if organizations are to learn and change for the better. Ideally, the net effect of an educational audit will be an emergence of an increasing number of success strategies. (Author/IRT)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.