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Information for Accountability. EDUCATION MANAGEMENT BY RESULTS: SCHOOL REPORT CARDS Alcyone Vasconcelos [Saliba] alcyone.vasconcelos@terra.com.br Washington, DC - November 2OO3. my objective today is . ...to present the Parana school report card :

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Information for Accountability

EDUCATION MANAGEMENT BY RESULTS:

SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

  • Alcyone Vasconcelos [Saliba]

  • alcyone.vasconcelos@terra.com.br

  • Washington, DC - November 2OO3


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my objective today is ...

...to present the Parana school report card:

  • a simple and effective tool for accountability, transparency and constituency building

  • applied to basic education


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Boletim da Escola

Objectives:

  • ...to generate & register information

  • ...to disseminate information

  • ...to allow information to be used to improve schools




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boletim da escola

student achievement


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student flow

school characteristics


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boletim da escola

parent survey



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student opinions


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school principal opinions


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  • student achievement


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  • student flow


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  • school characteristics


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  • parent opinion


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  • parent opinion (continued)


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  • student opinion


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boletim da escola

  • school principal opinion


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achievement levels



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Parana Boletim da Escola

  • 1.3 million copies for 2 thousand schools (about 1 per student)


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Parana Boletim da Escola

  • copies sent directly to residential address of teachers & headmasters

  • copies distributed to parents invited to workshops

  • copies given to teachers in all teacher training activities


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School Report Card

  • information is relative – compares school average with municipal & state averages; allows comparisons across time


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School Report Card

  • information is directed to schools – parents and professionais (in particular, headmasters)


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School Report Card

  • information is public – development followed by large distribution & dissemination program

    > www.pr.gov.br/cie/boletim/boletim.html


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School Report Card

  • information is available to management (all levels) – relative situation of school becomes parameter for allocation of additional, discretionary resources (time, attention, $)


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What does one need?

  • data (to generate information)

  • terms of reference

  • staff

  • management choice: focus on results


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Management Choice

Focus on results -- definition

  • All children in school (come & stay), learning, being promoted, completing 11 grades in 11 years

  • primary “check point”: schools


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data sources

  • school census (every yr)

  • student assessment (every other yr)

  • household surveys (every yr)

  • school surveys (ad hoc)

  • parents survey(every yr)


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School Report Card

“Missing link”:

  • “forest” = national student learning assessments (grades 4, 8, & 11)

  • “fruits” = student progress card

  • “trees” = School Report Card


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School Report Card

  • management tool (not a teaching tool)

  • replaced (non existent) inspection

  • fostered (non existent) supervision and techincal assistance by pedagogical staff (non-teaching, non-management staff)


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Policy Choice

School improvement projects financed w/:

  • existing resources

  • additional, earmarked resources, available, on competitive bases, to finance projects defined as priority by central management (or not)


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Policy Choice

grants for school improvement

  • teams of teachers, to finance teaching and learning improvement projects

  • parents associations, to finance upgrading of facilities

  • headmasters to finance maintenance & improvements


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School Report Card

  • usage is still very limited – novelty, technicalities, culture, politics, etc.

  • use has limitations – validity, reliability, “snap shot” approach, does not capture processes, etc.


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School Report Card

NOT A PANACEA!

  • a tool that allows the practice of management by results, with community participation


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Parana (BR) School Report Card

To learn more, contact:

Alcyone Vasconcelos [Saliba]

  • alcyone.vasconcelos@terra.com.br