ERIC Number: ED384965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Site-Based Management: Using Data for Decision Making.
Ashby, Dianne; and Others
Principal-preparation programs require students to take research courses; however, principals are often unprepared to apply research skills in school settings. This paper discusses approaches to using data for decision making in a site-managed school. It describes one high school's efforts to apply research and recommends that principal-preparation programs find ways to make research a practical skill for principals. During the 1993-94 school year, the new interim principal at University High School in Normal, Illinois, conducted an inventory of the school's climate. The results led to the engagement of graduate students and faculty to gather information in three areas of concern: staff perceptions of the organizational working processes, staff workloads, and resource allocation among extracurricular programs. Data for the staff-perceptions study were collected through interviews with a total of 68 teachers and staff, and resulted in collaborative planning to address problems. The workload study involved interviews and task analyses, which led to the revision of staff compensation, evaluation, and workload. In the third study, a quantitative comparison of extracurricular-program funding raised issues of financial inequality and opportunities for male and female students. In each case, findings were made available to staff, who provided feedback, which was then used to clarify issues and address problems. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (San Antonio, TX, February 4, 1995).