ERIC Number: ED379340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Indicator Systems for School and Teacher Evaluation: Fire-Fighting It Is!
Fitz-Gibbon, C. T.
In 1979, Gene Glass suggested that it might not be possible to evaluate schools nor to create widely applicable research findings, but that the complexity of education was such that merely "fire-fighting," establishing monitoring systems to alert about educational events, was the best approach. In the United Kingdom, monitoring systems are running in one form or another in over 1,000 schools. Two such systems, the A-Level Information System (ALIS) and the Year 11 Information System (YELLIS), are discussed. Both rest on tests and questionnaires administered in schools and the system of curriculum-embedded high stakes authentic testing used in the United Kingdom. Experience with these systems suggests that an external examination system is a fundamental requirements of fair and effective schooling. Without it, neither equity nor effectiveness can be assessed adequately. The external examination system of the United Kingdom is an example of the type of complex system that is likely to lead to the development of self-reliant institutions fed by high quality statistics. Such a system is grounded in a research ethos rather than an evaluative stance. Five figures and two tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom