ERIC Number: ED411591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-25
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Proposed School Safety Indicators for Georgia.
Todd, Knox H.; Kellermann, Arthur L.; Wald, Marlena; Lipscomb, Leslie; Fajman, Nancy
One of the tasks of the Council for School Performance is to implement measures of school safety to determine the impact of Georgia Lottery for Education expenditures. During the 1994-95 school year, the council pilot-tested several indicators of school safety. This document presents the results of an evaluation that examined the relevance, validity, and reliability of the piloted indicators. The study also explored the data-collection process, incentives and disincentives to accurate reporting, and the extent to which schools perceived the reporting process as an acceptable administrative burden of the pilot program. The evaluations were conducted at 15 Georgia public schools. Data-collection methods included a review of school statistics and interviews with school administrators, security personnel, teachers, and students. Respondents indicated that the reporting process was worthwhile; however, they lacked reliable baseline data and displayed a poor understanding of key indicator definitions. Respondents from the same school often reported widely different estimates of safety-related incidents, and there was evidence of biased reporting at some schools. Policymakers are advised to continue pilot studies; simplify indicators; incorporate indicator reports into ongoing data-collection efforts and include mechanisms to validate indicator reports; reinforce accurate reporting with positive incentives; increase the use of outcome measures with clearly defined benchmarks; report reliable and valid pilot- study results to the public; and use victimization surveys to gauge the impact of school-safety interventions. One table is included. Appendices contain a map of evaluation regions, a copy of the evaluation proposal, guidelines and reporting forms for school indicators, and proposed indicator revisions. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia Council for School Performance, Atlanta.
Authoring Institution: Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA. Rollins School of Public Health.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia