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ERIC Number: ED536777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 61
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The CERCA School Report Card: Communities Creating Education Quality. Final Report
Florez Guio, Ana; Chesterfield, Ray; Siri, Carmen
Academy for Educational Development
The CERCA (Civic Engagement for Education Reform in Central America) school report card (SRC) model was developed with schools in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in 2004 and 2005. This document summarizes the major findings, successful procedures, and implications of the experience for the region. The SRC model is a participatory approach by which the local education community--parents, teachers, students, and community leaders--jointly analyze the status of their schools and define school improvement and monitoring plans, with a focus on classroom quality. The education community collects and analyzes information about their schools using simple indicators and self-assessment tools. The SRC promotes a sense of shared responsibility through a non-confrontational but effective accountability approach. The SRC was developed through the Civic Engagement for Education Reform in Central America (CERCA) project, a regional activity funded by the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Academy for Educational Development (AED). CERCA develops opportunities for parents and local communities to engage actively in supporting school quality. Major findings include: (1) The CERCA SRC successfully mobilizes communities; (2) The SRC successfully addresses educational quality issues, based on the communities' own realities and contexts; (3) The SRC generates results within a short timeframe, and communities want to sustain the model in the long term; (4) The SRC successfully builds local capacity to design and monitor actions that address issues tackled by school management plans; (5) Parents especially value the SRC as a new way to participate in their children's education; (6) The SRC process is cost-effective, in comparison to other programs; (7) Expansion of the SRC will require active ownership and support from ministries of education; and (8) Periodic follow-up with schools that participate in the SRC is important for sustainability and analysis. A bibliography is included. Annexed are: (1) List of Participating CERCA SRC Schools; (2) Guide for Information Collection; and (3) Frequently Asked Questions. (Contains 6 tables, 1 figure and 1 footnote.) [For related report, "The CERCA School Report Card: Communities Creating Education Quality. Implementation Manual," see ED520080.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: United States Agency for International Development
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development
Identifiers - Location: Dominican Republic; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua