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ERIC Number: ED465776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Use of Accountability Data for Decision-Making in Texas Bilingual Education Programs: An Examination of the Conduct Factor.
Gates, Gordon S.; Lichtenberg, Kristi
The evaluation conduct factor involves matters such as whether correct methodology is being used, whether the measurements used are philosophically consistent with the goals of the program, timeliness, and format of the evaluation report, and whether recommendations provided in the report are usable. This study analyzed the conduct factor in the use of student data for decision making in Texas bilingual education programs. Surveys were completed by 93 directors of bilingual education programs, and survey data were merged with district data from the states information management system. Texas bilingual program directors reported that they do use data to improve education practices within their school districts. However, they do not use the wealth of data collected for reports to the state, but concentrate on a single component, Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) data. Examination of district practices shows that the use of only one source of data is not a sound educational practice, but the valuing of TAAS data over any other data type may actually be quite rational because these data are the only ones used by the state to determine school ratings. Survey results do show the importance of three components of the conduct factor: (1) a strong belief in using Spanish for instruction associated with higher levels of use of Spanish norm-referenced testing data; (2) correlation between data use and data availability; and (3) the great emphasis on TAAS data. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills