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ERIC Number: ED299741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
How Database Management Systems Can Be Used To Evaluate Program Effectiveness in Small School Districts.
Hoffman, Tony
Sophisticated database management systems (DBMS) for microcomputers are becoming increasingly easy to use, allowing small school districts to develop their own autonomous databases for tracking enrollment and student progress in special education. DBMS applications can be designed for maintenance by district personnel with little technical support. A survey of 14 California and Oregon school districts analyzed their use of DBMS for special education records. Methods that a DBMS uses to organize data are described. A strategy is presented for developing a database for local program evaluation in small districts, by using a relational DBMS system including files for Students, Enrollments, and Scores. The model system is derived from the individualized educational planning process mandated for special education programs. Such a system can be implemented on an Apple Macintosh, IBM PC, or IBM-compatible computer. Figures illustrate sample data entry forms and sample computer-generated reports. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A