ERIC Number: ED340139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of How High School Staff Members Value and Exchange Information on Student Performance. Report No. 23.
Pallas, Aaron M.; And Others
The ways that high school staff value, use, and share information about student background, performance, and behavior are an essential component of school improvement, especially in decisions involving the placement, instruction, and progress of disadvantaged students. Using survey data from seven high schools, the study summarized in this report examined three key aspects of information. Specifically, the study assessed the degree to which school staff deem information on students to be important, receive information about students, and share information about students with other staff. Findings show that school-to-school differences in the importance attached to information is small, but that differences among individuals in different positions in each school are more striking. Most information on student academic performance and behavior residing in these high schools is not exchanged among staff, and social service providers are more likely to receive several types of information than other school staff. Time to communicate with colleagues is positively related to both receiving and sharing information. Because of time limitations in schools, substantial progress in improving the production and exchange of information on students and their needs may be impeded. Included are 2 figures, 3 tables, and 16 references. (Author/MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Students, Baltimore, MD.