ERIC Number: ED167166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul-27
Reference Count: 0
Use of Information Systems to Acknowledge Instructional Accomplishments of Schools.
Moncrief, Michael H.
This paper describes the components of an Instructional Accomplishment Information (IAI) system, discusses general procedures for using the information reports to communicate instructional accomplishments to appropriate audiences, compares IAI information and standardized tests in a public relations context, and notes the role of educational research and development in developing IAI systems. Although typically viewed as mechanisms for diagnosing deficiencies, instructional "management" information systems can help educators identify and document what students learn as a result of instruction. To obtain an IAI system, schools can develop their own, convert a commercially available instructional management system, or use already developed systems. IAI reports provide timely information about the progress of instruction in schools and classes to participants, funding agencies, policymakers, the local community, and other education agencies. The IAI user interprets and presents this information to audiences through formal oral presentations, meetings among participants, written reports, or informal presentations. Unlike traditional public relations activities, IAI provides qualitative and quantitative performance and pacing data that indicate how well pupils are attaining the outcome proficiencies; such systems are more appropriate than standardized tests for reporting and crediting the results of instruction. The educational research and development community has the greatest opportunity to develop complete IAI systems. (CWM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.