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ERIC Number: EJ1044003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Informing or Shaping Public Opinion? The Influence of School Accountability Data Format on Public Perceptions of School Quality
Jacobsen, Rebecca; Snyder, Jeffrey W.; Saultz, Andrew
American Journal of Education, v121 n1 p1-27 Nov 2014
The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act requires local education agencies to publicly disseminate school performance data. In response, districts and state departments of education have created "school report cards" that vary widely. While data dissemination policies can improve institutional legitimacy and ensure ongoing support, we suggest that the potential to diminish or undermine legitimacy also exists. Using data from a population-based survey experiment, we demonstrate that people assign significantly different meanings to some formats. We find that format influences not only the average rating individuals assign to schools with the same performance levels but also difference perceived among schools of varying performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
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