ERIC Number: ED464960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
School District Accountability: Let Me Count the Ways. Monograph Series.
TVEE Monitor, spec iss Apr 2002
The purpose of this study was to examine the state level, district level, and school level education accountability data that were made available on selected State Department of Education Web sites in 2000-2001. The issues of interest were: (1) differences in reported indicators on the education report cards produced in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee; (2) implications of these differences, if any; and (3) the accessibility and availability of the report cards and related data. The states considered in this study produce and disseminate over the Internet several different types of report cards as components of their accountability procedures. Content analysis was selected as the most appropriate method of studying these sites. A description is given of the data provided by each state. With the exception of Kentucky, there were many similarities among the indicators reported by each state in this analysis. Report cards for each state included an indicator for per pupil expenditure, total student enrollment, student standardized test scores and writing performance, and an improvement measure computed by a state formula. Each state, except Kentucky, provided an indicator for revenue sources, number of certified personnel by category, number or percent of Title I or low-income students, number or percent of students in special programs, and high school exit examination pass rates. Kentucky presented its information in a narrative form and included much of this information in the narrative. Almost without exception, researchers who have used the indicator data have suggested that states include more, rather than less, information on their State Report Cards, especially community data and process data. Suggestions are made for ways states can improve information reporting. An appendix contains the template used for report card indicator classification. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables, and 50 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Content Analysis, Educational Indicators, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination, Report Cards, School Districts, State Programs, Test Results, World Wide Web
Tennessee Valley Educators for Excellence, P.O. Box 2882, Muscle Shoals, AL 35662 ($12.50).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Valley Educators for Excellence, Muscle Shoals, AL.