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ERIC Number: ED357924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Opinions of Rural South Dakota State Superintendents toward a Statewide Report Card System.
Wood, Robert W.; And Others
Recently South Dakota initiated a statewide report card system, which publicizes school data such as teacher-student ratios and student scores on the Stanford Achievement Test. A survey of South Dakota superintendents on their opinions about the new system was returned by 178 superintendents (74 percent of total), of whom 57 administered small school districts (under 300 students) and 61 administered medium-sized districts (300-1200 students). Most responses and comments about the reporting system were negative. Over half the superintendents felt that South Dakota should not have a statewide report card system, and 71 percent said that the present system does not address the issues of school credibility and student achievement. Over 60 percent believed that the reporting system would not have positive effects on student achievement over the next 5 years or on parent involvement in the schools. Respondents suggested a wide variety of alternative indicators of school accountability and student achievement, the most frequently mentioned being graduate surveys and follow-up on student success after school. Comments showed strong support for outcome-based education, with outcomes determined locally. However, superintendents felt that the current reporting system was in conflict with outcome-based education, since standardized testing encouraged "teaching to the test." (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota