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Making Sense Out of Comprehensive School-Based Information Systems [microform] : Exploring Analyses and Reporting Methods for School Staff / Kenneth A. Sirotnik and Leigh Burstein
Bib ID 5459718
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Sirotnik, Kenneth A
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1984 
64 p. 

This is one of a series of reports based on an ongoing reality test of systemic evaluation for instructional decision making. This feasibility study is being carried out by the Center for the Study of Evaluation with the Laboratory in School and Community Relations at a suburban Los Angeles high school (called Site A). Viewing a school as a cultural/ecological system, systemic evaluation is a set of principles to guide local development of processes to gather, organize and utilize information relevant to the needs and values of the system and its members. This paper details the development and testing of report formats using Site A Student Survey data and other student data in the existing district information system. The process involved collaboration with both school and district staff. Three preliminary report forms were developed: (1) Student-At-A-Glance; (2) Class-At-A-Glance; and (3) School-At-A-Glance. Several issues emerged during this project: (1) clinical versus social uses of information; (2) teachers as researchers and data analysts; (3) the power of numbers; (4) the quest for simplicity in complexity; and (5) the educative function in collaboration. Appendices include the Student Survey and results, workshop guidelines, district information system description, and annotated report formats. (BS)


Sponsoring Agency: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: NIE-G-84-0112-P1.

ERIC Note: In: Comprehensive Information Systems for Local School Improvement: A Reality-Test in Secondary Schools (TM 850 001).

Educational level discussed: High Schools.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Administrator Attitudes.  |  Data Analysis.  |  Evaluation Methods.  |  Evaluation Utilization.  |  Feasibility Studies.  |  High Schools.  |  Information Systems.  |  Instructional Improvement.  |  Records (Forms)  |  Reports.  |  School Districts.  |  School Surveys.  |  Student Records.  |  Systems Approach.  |  Teacher Attitudes.  |  Report Format Systemic Evaluation  |  California Computerized Accountability Student Achievement
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.  |  Tests/Questionnaires.
Other authors/contributors Burstein, Leigh, author  |  California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation
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