Delineates some problems associated with educational analysis and proposes a program orientation to managing school district operations as a way to use analysis more effectively. The goal of analysis is to increase the understanding of the nature of educational problems and what the consequences of different solutions might be. Analysis in a program-oriented approach provides a focal point for collecting data about operations and supplies the channels of communication needed for decisionmaking. For instance, if a problem exists within a reading program, the teachers, the specialists, and the staff concerned with that program all become involved in the process of change. The effective use of analysis then, requires three important conditions: (1) recognition of the need for the analytical function; (2) provision of data about the educational activities of the district, by program; and (3) involvement in the management process of staff members who have working knowledge about their programs. 11 pp.
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