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ERIC Number: EJ1058662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
State Test Data and School Improvement Efforts
Beaver, Jessica K.; Weinbaum, Elliot H.
Educational Policy, v29 n3 p478-503 May 2015
Although much has been written about the potential benefits of effective data use in schools, considerably less attention has been paid to how schools make sense of the data generated from performance-based accountability measures. This article explores schools' usage of state test data, the intensity of data use, and the perceived utility of state test data. Our findings uncover nuanced differences in school data use and reveal a key disconnect in the assumptions of performance-based accountability systems, wherein schools may faithfully use state data to inform improvement efforts while fundamentally questioning the validity of the data itself.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A080280