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ERIC Number: ED318101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Pages: 16
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School/University Partnerships: Wissahickon School District and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Instructional Decision Support System.
Kowalski, Bruce W.; And Others
Although effective schools research argues that careful monitoring, analysis, and discussion of student progress and program quality are central to improving education, educators' efforts are limited by the dispersion of student data throughout district files. The Instructional Decision Support System, used in a cooperative venture involving the Wissahickon School District (Pennsylvania) and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, was designed to develop more effective inquiry strategies for understanding the relationship between achievement and demographic variables and their effects on student achievement. Because the traditional reliance on "measures of the average" hides more than it reveals, the project attempts to help administrators and teachers go beyond averages, rates, and percentages to evaluate both student progress and educational program effectiveness. By enabling educators to disaggregate individual experience from the total population, it is possible to understand how district initiatives affect individual students or subgroups. The project developed "display analysis" techniques for graphically depicting one or more variables for a target population. The displays allow educators to analyze the fit between programs, student population, and various subgroups. Further analysis can then occur using additional data, including staff's personal knowledge about students. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania