ERIC Number: ED391668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
A School Quality Planning and Evaluation Tool: Science, Mathematics, and Related Technologies Quality Measurement (SMARTQM).
Daly, Brian E.
The purpose of this study was to discover the efficacy of the Science, Mathematics, and Related Technologies Quality Measurement (SMARTQM) as a measure of total school quality and to determine the usefulness of this instrument in predicting school performance through self-reported student achievement. SMARTQM is an integrated data collection and reporting system designed to determine how closely a school resembles the "ideal" school. It consists of 13 survey forms, site and classroom observation, and focus group discussions designed to obtain a complete picture of a school. Participants in the process include teachers, administrators, non-teaching staff, school-based councils, parents, students, previous students, and community members. A total of 17 schools participated in the pilot testing of the SMARTQM of which 15 were sufficiently complete for inclusion in the study. Schools were selected to fill slots in a sampling matrix. Schools were surveyed, visited by an evaluation team, and school community personnel participated in focus groups. The evaluation team independently scored the school on the SMARTQM characteristics. Appendices contain sample cover letter and surveys, site visit observation forms, and focus group questionnaire and procedures. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).