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ERIC Number: ED353265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
What Policymakers Can Learn from School Report Cards: Analysis of Tennessee's Report Cards on Schools.
Bobbett, Gordon C.; And Others
The relationships among factors reported on report cards developed for local school districts in Tennessee were studied, offering information about how the selected factors relate to student outcomes. Each year Tennessee's State Board of Education produces a report card on each school district using data provided by the district and the State Department of Education. Data are presented in two report card sections: testing information (grade level, the prior school level, the present school year, and state average) and system information (professional educator information and student information organized under five headings: grade level, 2 years prior data, present year, and state average). Using 1988-89 data, eight categories of report card information were considered as follow: (1) county per capita income; (2) average professional salary; (3) expenditures per pupil; (4) average daily membership; (5) percent of students in attendance; (6) percent of oversized classes; (7) percent of students on free or reduced lunches; and (8) percent of professionals on Levels II and III of Tennessee's Career Ladder program. A state composite profile based on 139 districts was compared to report cards of 121 districts constituting the final sample. The relationships between these characteristics and student achievement outcomes were examined, and districts were compared. Analyses indicated that these eight variables do not explain student outcomes. Study results suggest that the report cards fail to reflect much of what accounts for student achievement. There are nine references and 12 tables. Four appendixes provide 26 figures that present supplemental information on linear regression, partial correlation, truncated linear analysis, and polynomial regression analyses. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee