ERIC Number: ED315424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Communicating Scholastic Success. ERIC Digest.
Matter, M. Kevin
Research and evaluation staff members in schools and school districts are frequently called on to answer questions about the quality of schools. Responding merely with test scores is not sufficient, because it is important to communicate information about the total educational program in the district. Additional measures are available. Characteristics of the student body that should be communicated are: (1) attendance, enrollment, and graduation rates; (2) the participation of community members in school activities; (3) the diversity of the student body; and (4) the stability of the student body. Characteristics of the staff that should be communicated include staff experience and staff development efforts and programs. The community should be informed about programs for students, including dropout prevention, tutoring, and enrichment efforts. Achievement should be demonstrated through test scores, feedback on achievement after students leave the school, and information about excellence and performance beyond test scores. The school environment should be described, and the fiscal situation in which the school operates should be public knowledge. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communication Skills, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluators, Institutional Characteristics, Organizational Communication, Public Relations, Public Schools, Publicity, Researchers, School Attitudes, School Community Relationship, School Districts, School Personnel, Test Interpretation, Test Results
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Washington, DC.; American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.