ERIC Number: ED315420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
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"Quality Control": School Accountability and District Ethos.
LaRocque, Linda; Coleman, Peter
This report is part of a study of school districts in British Columbia (Canada), and deals with school district ethos--interest in defined focal areas--both as a measure of school district quality and as a potential predictor of student achievement. The study concentrates on one of these focal areas--holding schools accountable through monitoring. School accountability and the relationship between the school and the district were examined in a sample of 10 representative districts. All line administrators, from one to three for each district, were interviewed, as were all principals of small districts and a third of the principals of larger districts. Three districts were characterized by a strong district presence in the schools; these also were considered high-performing on measures of achievement, including standardized test scores. Three districts lacked the school assessment programs of the first three districts, but did have a limited set of accountability practices. One of these districts was medium-performing and two were high-performing. Two districts lacked district pressure for school accountability, and these were both low-performing. One high-performing district and one low-performing district had a weak district presence in the schools, with one shared monitoring goal. Overall, districts that were high-performing were more interested in school accountability and had more sophisticated procedures for monitoring school accountability. Eight tables present the data about district practices. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby (British Columbia).; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
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Identifiers - Location: Canada