ERIC Number: ED432808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Database Initiative Project: Supporting Education Decision Making.
Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
This paper reports on Oregon's Database Initiative Project (DIP). In response to inconsistent financial reports and a lack of automation, a project team was assembled by Oregon's Department of Education in 1997 with the goal of providing detailed school-level data for the 1997-98 school year in 16 Oregonian school districts. Among the project's many goals were to review, modify, update, and improve existing chart-of-accounts and identify chief factors influencing student performance. The report draws on these results to present a plan to streamline school-data collection and business processes, improve reporting, and increase the information available for educators, policy makers, and the public. The text outlines the development and implementation of DIP. It describes the resulting education database, a web-based system that will eventually collect, store, and report on data from all the state's K-12 school districts and education-service districts. The article outlines the scope and assumptions of the project; the implementation strategy; implementation activities, such as managing the project; expanding the pilot-project database; enhancing reporting capability; confirming the technical architecture; and managing organizational change. It advises educators to expect obstacles, and it encourages program implementers to assign clear responsibilities for putting the program in place. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon