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ERIC Number: ED273244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-17
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Richardson Instructional Management System (RIMS). How to Blend a Computerized Objectives-Referenced Testing System, Distributive Data Processing, and Systemwide Evaluation.
Riegel, N. Blyth
Recent changes in the structure of curriculum and the instructional system in Texas have required a major reorganization of teaching, evaluating, budgeting, and planning activities in the local education agencies, which has created the need for a database. The history of Richardson Instructional Management System (RIMS), its data processing significance, the design and current status of its development, and the management information system are covered in the narrative. Also included are facsimiles of RIMS menus. Instructional differences, reporting format, and requirements for evaluation and accreditation data are undergoing major revision, and procedures established to move the computerized system towards efficient and accurate data reporting are described. The online purchasing system, automated budgeting, online query, and reporting system are some of the applications. For faculty use, a criterion-referenced test correlated to the learner outcomes in each subject area had to be developed. Banks were purchased that matched curriculum but the extent of match between item content and instructional objectives was not always satisfactory. Revision is now in process, and expansion of the pilot to include all district schools in RIMS has begun. Other applications of the system are being considered. (DJR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A