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ERIC Number: ED415254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Alabama Superintendent's Report Card: An Analysis of Local Education Agency Characteristics and Success at Meeting State Defined Performance Measures.
Mathews, Jerry G.; Hackett, E. Raymond
Thirty-two states now have some form of accountability legislation that requires the reporting of school and school system performance indicators. This study examined the Alabama State Report Card to determine whether its information is sufficient to inform the public, legislature, and the media about the achievement of each school and school district as the state's Education Accountability Plan has mandated. In addition to the 14 report card variables for 1996, the analysis added 14 financial indicators, an indicator for dropouts, and 1 for the percentage of district enrollment by race. The relationships between indicators, student achievement, and grade ratings for all 127 Alabama districts were studied. Analyses demonstrated that the state Superintendent's Report Card, 1996, shows that there are differences in the populations being served by the various school districts. It does not stand as an instrument for public reporting on the quality of teaching and learning. Nor does it speak to educational policy at any but the most macro level. Findings indicate that the use of additional demographic indicator variables, not included in the Report Card, provide valuable information about school district grade definition status. These additional indicators more clearly describe the relationship between the demographic profile of each district and grade definition, and they are significant predictors of grade definition levels. (Contains one table and eight references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama