Discusses the basic data requirements for making educational program decisions in an accountability-oriented setting with the school principal as the focal point of the process. The emphasis is on collecting and disseminating data now available within the school system. These data fall into six categories: school descriptors, student data, data about teachers, data about other staff members, administrator data, and classroom descriptors. Such data, together with a description of the instructional programs, provide the basis for evaluating individual programs and considering alternative programs to achieve a stated objective. With this information readily available, the basis for educational decisionmaking is improved. Also, the administrator who is accountable to the community can make explicit the rationale for decisions affecting the programs for which he is responsible. (See also R-930, R-932 through R-935.) 27 pp.
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