ERIC Number: ED342089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The CASE-IMS School Improvement Process.
Howard, Eugene R.; Keefe, James W.
Responding to the need for a validated school improvement process, the National Association of Secondary School Principals sponsored the development of the Comprehensive Assessment of School Environments (CASE) Information Management System (IMS). The CASE-IMS computer software profiles 34 district and school variables, including climate, satisfaction, and 6 student outcomes. Data can be compared with validated national standards and cross-group analyses comprised of student, teacher, and parent perceptions of climate and satisfaction. Variables are keyed to an extensive bank of school improvement interventions that can assist local school planning and decision-making. This monograph describes the system's major components and provides specific recommendations for managing the change process. Chapter 1 briefly describes the development of the CASE-IMS model, highlighting its conceptualization, instrumentation, piloting, and computerization phases. Chapter 2 details the school improvement process and outlines program management steps, including forming the school improvement management team, raising awareness, collecting baseline data, performing the assessment, interpreting the data, setting priorities and planning, organizing and coordinating task forces, and evaluating the improvement process. Chapter 3 describes how four pilot schools in Washington, Massachusetts, and Virginia demonstrated the feasibility of using CASE instruments and processes for managing change. Two appendices furnish ordering information and list characteristics of successful school improvement task forces. (MLH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Computer Software, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Management Information Systems, Outcomes of Education, Planning, Satisfaction
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1537.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.