ERIC Number: ED315863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Implementing a Data-Based School Effectiveness Improvement Model: Dilemmas and Lessons Learned.
Ruscoe, Gordon C.; Miller, Stephen K.
A school improvement effort that provided individually tailored reports on school effectiveness to 93 schools across the Commonwealth of Kentucky is analyzed. Dilemmas confronted by the individualized school reports explain why so little change was generated. The background for the research project from which the individual school reports were derived, is described, and perspectives on school effectiveness that guided the research are explained. The purpose and format of the individual school reports are described. The dilemmas encountered in attempting to encourage schools to use these reports hinged on practical/technical issues, managerial/administrative issues, and organizational/conceptual issues. A recounting of the failure can be organized around two major themes: (1) school improvement is not "natural" to schools; and (2) outcomes-based school evaluation may run counter to the current reward system in education. Inservice programs focusing on the purposes of these school reports might help to ensure that the reports are useful. A sample page from individual school reports is appended. (27 references) (SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky