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Strategic data use of schools in accountability systems

Ehren, Melanie and Swanborn, Machteld (2012) Strategic data use of schools in accountability systems. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 23 (2). pp. 257-280. ISSN 0924-3453. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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School inspections are expected to have an impact on data use and improvement of schools. Schools are expected to generate data (e.g., self-evaluation reports and student achievement results) as part of the inspection process. This process, in turn, also generates data (e.g., inspection reports) for school improvement. The high-stakes context in which both types of data are generated however has been known to lead to strategic responses of schools. In this study, we analyzed if schools cheat on tests and reshape their test pool in responses to the Dutch (riskbased) school inspections. We found that 5.5% of the schools do not to comply with the guidelines for administering the test; one third of the schools exclude one or more students from the test. These responses, however, do not appear to be related to specific measures in the Dutch school inspections or prior performance of schools on these measures.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: data-driven decision making, school inspections, accountability, strategic behavior
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Centre for Leadership in Learning
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 02:00
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:57
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