ERIC Number: ED467304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Technology Tools for Data-Driven Decision Making: Promising Professional Development for Rural School Leaders.
Chance, Patti L.
The Information Environment for School Leadership Preparation (IESLP) is a Web-based instructional system for educational administration preparation programs. The Web site presents a virtual rural school environment: a database of an actual rural school (using pseudonyms) containing information about students, teachers, school board members, test scores, curriculum, policies, and community demographics. It also presents problems that students are to address as school administrators. In an evaluation of the program, students were presented with a scenario concerning parent complaints about low student test scores. Students were organized into teams of four and required to prepare an analysis of student test scores and recommendations for a school improvement plan. Results indicated that after using IESLP, students tended to have a broader perspective on their approaches to decision making in that problems were more apt to be identified in terms of the total organization. Students showed a greater awareness of the use of many different kinds of data, not just peoples' perceptions, as essential sources of information for decision making. Students continued to value participatory decision-making but also indicated the need for people in the organization to possess the necessary information and data to make good decisions. Students reported gains in their professional use of technology in all areas, but especially in the use of spreadsheets and databases. Implications for educational administration preparation and professional development are discussed. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Rural Education Association (Charleston, SC, October 25-28, 2000).