Guiding schools to improved performance using data envelopment analysis: an illustration with data from a local education authority

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Abstract

The educational process is characterised by multiple outcomes such as the achievement of academic results of various standards and non-academic achievements. This paper shows how data envelopment analysis (DEA) can be used to guide secondary schools to improved performance through role-model identification and target setting in a way which recognises the multi-outcome nature of the education process and reflects the relative desirability of improving individual outcomes. The approach presented in the paper draws from a DEA-based assessment of the schools of a local education authority carried out by the authors. Data from that assessment are used to illustrate the approach presented in the paper. (Key words: Data envelopment analysis, education, target setting.)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1247-1262
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Operational Research Society
Volume45
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1994

Bibliographical note

This is a pre-print of an article published in Journal of the Operational Research Society. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Thanassoulis, E., & Dunstan, P. (1994). Guiding schools to improved performance using data envelopment analysis: an illustration with data from a local education authority. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 45(11), 1247-1262 is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jors/journal/v45/n11/abs/0451103a.html

Keywords

  • data envelopment analysis
  • education

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