ERIC Number: ED304751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec-29
Reference Count: N/A
Analyzing School District Centralization: A Research Framework.
This paper argues that existing methods of analyzing school efficiency are not useful in assessing efficiency and that alternative models are needed. Traditional analyses are discussed on the premise that schools function like private firms, where either the classroom or the school is the producing unit and the teacher or the principal is the decision-maker who controls and shapes the teacher-learning process. This premise is found to disregard the key variables of school district administrative organization and its impact on teacher effectiveness. The report finds that school district administrations function primarily by political, not economic or even educational, criteria. A model of school production is proposed that is administrative/politically based and that allows the underlying technology of school production to vary. A methodology for assessing the costs and "effectiveness" of alternative school district administrative organization is developed. Appended are an evaluation chart for comparing centralized and decentralized school district administrative configurations and 17 references. (SI)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrative Policy, Administrator Effectiveness, Centralization, Cost Effectiveness, Decentralization, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Politics of Education, Program Effectiveness, School District Reorganization, School Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research in Education.