ERIC Number: ED309006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Vermont State Department of Education Database Project.
This paper describes the organization, implementation, and outcomes of a joint effort between the Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands and the Vermont State Department of Education's Database Project. In 1987, the Laboratory proposed a feasibility study to examine the means and costs of accessing comprehensive sets of data regarding rural schooling within a single state. Vermont was selected as the study site because the Vermont Legislature had included a mandate and funding for the development of a unified educational database. The Laboratory's Rural Initiative proposal specified two objectives related to Vermont's development of a statewide database: (1) to observe and document the challenges faced by Vermont in its effort to create the database to better understand the nature of challenges that other rural states will face as they mount similar efforts, and to identify the kinds of assistance that seem most helpful; and (2) to assist in solving problems and finding solutions throughout the development process. The plan called for a 6 month effort, July through December, 1987, to identify current data elements in 4 categories (student, staff, school, and district) and to specify hardware and software requirements. Implementation of the unified database began in January, 1988. Results of the initiative and the problems encountered are reported, as well as the "on-hold" status of the project as of August, 1988. (ALL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, Andover, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont