Information System for Educational Policy and Administration.

by J. C. Clayton


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A talk before the California Association of Independent Schools, Northern Section meeting, describing a proposed modularized Educational Information System (EIS). As a byproduct of clerical functions--scheduling, grade reporting, accounting, inventory control--the EIS creates an information bank for evaluation and forecasting. Given a statement of objectives, the EIS evaluates progress in attaining them. Given a proposed academic decision, it presents the economic and spatial ramifications. Teacher/student combinations and ratios are readily correlated with student achievement to determine which teachers teach most effectively and which students learn most readily under specified conditions. Methods should be adopted, and large-class lecturers and small-group discussion leaders should be chosen on this basis. The data structure is designed to be queried at different levels by headmasters, teachers, business office, trustees, etc., with privacy constraints. Teachers, for instance, would not normally have access to other teachers' salary data. (See also P-4377.) 7 pp.

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