ERIC Number: ED418507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Report on Results Achieved by Schools That Piloted the Kansas Quality Performance Accreditation System, Volumes I and II.
Ploeg, Arie van der
Despite their progress, most schools in Kansas' Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA) System fall short of the philosophy and practice envisioned by QPA. What has been accomplished and what remains to be done in QPA is detailed in this two-volume report. It was found that teachers working together were at the center of improvement. Schools where teachers recognized a problem existed but saw no way to fix it usually did not show improvement in academic performance. Many teachers' horizons were circumscribed; some of the solutions put into place were neither research-based nor particularly effective. Two elements were required for improvement: recognizing problems and believing them to be "fixable." Schools offering solutions found that they gained in teacher strength and pride. Taken as a whole, the QPA pilot schools perform on a par with all other schools in Kansas, although about a fifth of the 135 QPA pilot schools recorded strong, measurable improvement in student academic performance. The most identified components of success were the QPA pressures to identify, collect, and analyze object data on performance and then assess the data and implement solutions. The second volume of the report features technical appendices consisting of data sources, technical issues, and the data collection instruments. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kansas Inc., Topeka.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas