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Author(s): M.C. Portela
Ana Maria Cunha Ribeiro dos Santos Ponces Camanho
Title: Performance assessment of portuguese secondary schools : the society and educational authorities perspectives
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: This paper describes a performance assessment of Portuguese secondaryschools using data envelopment analysis (DEA). The assessment adopts twoperspectives: a society perspective where schools are viewed as promotingstudents achievement given student characteristics in terms of academicabilities and socio-economic background; and an educational authoritiesperspective where schools are viewed as transforming a set of resources(including student academic abilities, socio-economic background, and alsoschool resources, such as teachers) into students' achievement. Two types ofDEA analysis are performed for each perspective: one using an output orientedmodel allowing factor weights to vary freely from school to school and anotherusing a model that restricts factor weights to be equal for all schools. The firstmodel is well suited for identifying inefficient schools, whereas the latter isbest suited for improving discrimination between efficient schools whenpursuing the identification of benchmarks. Our sample comprised a smallnumber of schools and therefore the results obtained are mainly illustrative ofthe potential of the method. Future research will explore the use of this methodfor the assessment of schools at a national level.
Subject: Estudos de gestão, Outras ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Management studies, Other engineering and technologies
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Outras ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Engineering and technology::Other engineering and technologies
Source: Proceedings of the PMA Conference 2009
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
Appears in Collections:FEUP - Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional

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