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ERIC Number: ED341119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing Quality Organizations through the Process of Ongoing Assessment.
Nyland, Larry; Tesch, Stephanie
For the past 3 years, Pasco (Washington) School District has been implementing Outcome Based Education (OBE), a nationally validated school improvement process developed by John Champlain. OBE posits that all kids can learn, and learn well, those concepts schools identify as critical to learning. During the 1989-90 school year, Pasco conducted a formal research study to assess the first 3 years of its OBE implementation process. Instruments were developed to measure success indicators in five specific exit outcomes (self-esteem, thinking skills, process skills, self-directed learning, and concern for others) for grade levels 3, 6, 9, and 12. In addition, three inventories were developed to assess staff acceptance of the OBE improvement process. Initial conclusions showed that investment of time and money paid off. Staff showed high commitment to the "all kids can learn" goal. Time to process new information was the biggest contributor to changing beliefs. Teacher skills were beginning to grow, and student indicators showed a definite need to continue improvement efforts. Student feelings of success declined in all areas from grade 3 to grade 12, especially in self-esteem; the researchers attribute this decline to past practices. Areas deserving greater attention include staff expectations, community support, time for training and teaming, and student and staff feelings of efficacy. Pasco also learned some valuable lessons regarding the assessment process. (6 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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