ERIC Number: ED263114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Making Sense Out of Comprehensive School-Based Information Systems: Exploring Analyses and Reporting Methods for School Staff.
Sirotnik, Kenneth A.; Burstein, Leigh
This is one of a series of reports based on an ongoing reality test of systemic evaluation for instructional decision making. This feasibility study is being carried out by the Center for the Study of Evaluation with the Laboratory in School and Community Relations at a suburban Los Angeles high school (called Site A). Viewing a school as a cultural/ecological system, systemic evaluation is a set of principles to guide local development of processes to gather, organize and utilize information relevant to the needs and values of the system and its members. This paper details the development and testing of report formats using Site A Student Survey data and other student data in the existing district information system. The process involved collaboration with both school and district staff. Three preliminary report forms were developed: (1) Student-At-A-Glance; (2) Class-At-A-Glance; and (3) School-At-A-Glance. Several issues emerged during this project: (1) clinical versus social uses of information; (2) teachers as researchers and data analysts; (3) the power of numbers; (4) the quest for simplicity in complexity; and (5) the educative function in collaboration. Appendices include the Student Survey and results, workshop guidelines, district information system description, and annotated report formats. (BS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: California