An Information System for Educational Management: Vol. 5, A Design for Implementation.

by John A. Farquhar, E. I. M. Iwashita, Suzanne Landa

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Volume 5 presents three alternative hardware and software systems that could serve as a modern management information system for the Los Angeles Unified School District. The first is least expensive and is flexible, but has a response time of 24 hours plus and makes no provision for computer-assisted instruction (CAI). The second, intermediate in cost, provides virtually identical service, but is capable of future adaptation to CAI. The third, initially the most expensive and least flexible for management purposes, provides immediate access between any of 108 sites and has 31 terminals at each site for instructional use. Criteria are data validity, information privacy, and the responsiveness, flexibility, and reliability of the systems. Recommendation from among the three alternatives cannot be made prior to establishment of guidelines regarding district automation policy as it pertains to both student education and educational administration. 108 pp. Ref.

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