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Strategic data use of schools in accountability systems

Ehren, MCM; Swanborn, MSL; (2012) Strategic data use of schools in accountability systems. School Effectiveness and School Improvement , 23 (2) pp. 257-280. 10.1080/09243453.2011.652127. Green open access

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Abstract

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 (risk-based) 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. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Type: Article
Title: Strategic data use of schools in accountability systems
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09243453.2011.652127
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10023015
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