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ERIC Number: ED431039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 19
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Chicago School Reform and the Production Model.
Valente, Michael E.
The passage of the Chicago (Illinois) School Reform Act introduced a model of schools called the production model. This model defines the structures of the school by its inputs, throughputs (or production process), and outputs. The production model produces quantitative reports describing the fiscal condition and the quality of output, thus creating a fiscal scorecard. Survey responses from 10,170 teachers from 331 Chicago schools were the data for an analysis using partial least squares path analysis (PLSPath). PLSPath indicates causal relationships between latent variables and reflects the relative strength of the latent constructs defined by its manifest variables. Analysis of survey responses indicates that teachers see themselves as the central characters within the school and the sole determinant of the productive output. However, the races of the students, the organizational health of the school, and, on occasion, the external community determine the output. Data also suggest that the teachers view the principal as a deliverer of goods and services who maintains the teachers' commitment to productivity. Suggestions for further research include attention to the role of money in the model. (Contains 5 tables and 29 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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