ERIC Number: ED431233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Primary Principals' Experiences of ERO Reviews, 1995-1996.
This report presents the results of a survey of New Zealand principals whose schools had recently undergone an Education Review Office (ERO) study in 1995-96. A total of 602 principals responded to the survey. A comparison of school characteristics indicates good representation, with some slight underrepresentation of city schools and other inconsistencies. Results show that only 1 percent of the principals had no previous experience of an ERO review. Most of the reviews reported by principals were assurance audits, and 66 percent of the principals felt they were well-informed about what records or data would be required by the ERO team. The smaller the school, the more likely it was for the principal to feel poorly informed. Only 2 percent of the principals spent no additional time preparing materials for their schools' ERO reviews. The ERO review teams were typically composed of two members, and most of the principals thought that their review teams conducted the review in a highly professional, balanced, and fair manner. Forty percent of the principals believed that their review team had sufficient knowledge of current curriculum practice and management. Principals also noted that the ERO review was a stressful experience and expressed concern about its disruption of school life. Appendices contain the survey questionnaire and a table of survey responses. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accrediting Agencies, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Assessment, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Institutional Evaluation, National Surveys, Principals
New Zealand Council for Educational Research, P.O. Box 3237, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Principals Federation, Wellington.