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This paper discusses the rationale behind information-based approaches to school and systemic improvement and identifies some alternatives to the quality assurance model used in New South Wales (Australia). It outlines the structures established for identifying and reporting issues and trends on a systemic basis and discusses some of the implications for the educational system in light of an analysis conducted in the first year of the quality assurance programs. The New South Wales Quality Assurance Model unites two functions of the school system--school development and accountability. The 1993 review report, which analyzed 70 individual school reviews, obtained data from interviews with 1,870 staff, 3,531 students, 2,335 parents, 122 community members, and almost 300 classroom observations. Findings indicate that, overall, schools set high standards of care for the communities they serve. However, the review suggests a need for development in several areas: the provision of system-wide resource allocation; improvement of participative decision making; improvement of student welfare programs; and development of a statewide assessment policy. (LMI)

Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Input Output Analysis, Outcomes of Education

Author: Wyatt, Tim

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11281&id=ED366112

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