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ERIC Number: ED372104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Louisiana's School Report Cards with Input from Parents and School Staff.
Kochan, Susan E.; And Others
Louisiana is one of the few states that uses indicator data to produce school report cards for statewide distribution to parents. The system, the Progress Profiles Program, produces report cards that must be accessible, meaningful, and understandable to a lay audience. An evaluation of the 1991-92 report cards was undertaken in 1993. In Phase 1 approximately 2,000 parents and 6,000 faculty members were asked about the readability and utility of report card information. Responses from 291 parents found them generally positive about the report cards, but doubtful that they would have real impact. The 2,139 teachers were less uniformly positive than were the parents, and more than 40 percent thought that publishing report cards would not help improve the quality of education. Teachers found the report cards less informative than did parents. Revisions based on opinions from four focus groups include individualized formats for elementary, secondary, and K-12 schools, with additional explanatory text, better design, more information about indicators, and revision to an eighth-grade text level. Four exhibits present study findings. Attachments present high school and all-grade school report cards. (Contains 4 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana