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ERIC Number: ED378230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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An Analysis of State Report Cards on Schools Produced in Eleven Southeastern States.
French, Russell L.; Bobbett, Gordon
School report cards from 11 Southeastern states were studied for similarities and differences in: (1) instruments used to measure student performance; (2) student outcomes reported and the procedures for reporting them; (3) levels of outcome reported; (4) school and community factors reported; and (5) statistical procedures used to evaluate data. Minimal commonality is found from state to state in performance measures and indicators. Procedures for analyzing and presenting data are not consistent state-to-state and appear to represent dictates of state policy or the bent of report card developers. Student, school, and community characteristics reported or used also vary, and there is little attempt to determine relationships between these characteristics and student performance. While early versions of state report cards tended to focus on the district and system level, 7 of 11 states give some focus on school-level data. Little information is given to yield real insight into factors that might contribute to school performance, but at least half of the states do try to use factors other than test scores as indicators of performance. Findings make it clear that the potential of such documents for educational improvement is not being fulfilled. Three tables and three figures present report card data. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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