Educational Data Base and School Profile Reports
This report describes the development in 1986 of a management information system by the Sacramento City (California) Unified School District for use in high schools. A nine-page attachment, which comprises two-thirds of the report, offers profiles of selected schools drawn from the databases. Data sets of 200 information items, collected from all 85 schools, were grouped into 4 categories: school background data; student achievement data; opinion survey data from staff, parents, and students; and facility data. Strategies responsible for the system's success are the following: (1) seeking inputs--a committee of representatives from the district guided database development; (2) team strategies--management members brainstormed to produce database characteristics and developmental strategies; (3) continuity of tasks--tasks were divided into segments and implemented simultaneously by a group or continuously and sequentially by individuals until a main project resulted; and (4) utilization of computer technology--various computer skills and backgrounds used depended on staff members' backgrounds, system strength and capability, and consultation services. The preceding strategies are illustrated by a flowchart of task preparation by staff on school reports. The attached school profiles present data set results. Student, staff, and parent surveys include opinions on learning environments, programs, rules, and learning usefulness. Other data cover student achievement, district finances, and school demographics. (CJH)
Chiang, E.Y. Educational Data Base and School Profile Reports.