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ERIC Number: ED402348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 12
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You Can't Judge a High School by Achievement Alone: Preliminary Findings from the Construction of a Behavioral Indicator of High School Effectiveness.
Kochan, Susan; And Others
A composite behavioral indicator of high school effectiveness was developed that measures the degree to which schools strike a balance between the press for academic excellence and the need to keep all students actively engaged in schooling. This proposed "participation" indicator is based on behavioral outcomes with demonstrated relationships to student achievement: attendance, discipline, and dropout. The study, based on a sample of 310 public schools, used the State Department of Education assessment program (in a moderately sized Southern state) and the state education performance indicator program to construct both achievement and participation school effectiveness indexes. School effectiveness was then assessed using the achievement index alone, the behavior index alone, and both together. The application of these indexes resulted in differing effectiveness classifications for the sample schools. The next planned phase of the research will visit outlier schools to gather qualitative information about how well the indexes reflect actual conditions. The newly developed participation indicator has the potential to enhance school effectiveness research. (Contains 6 tables and 22 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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