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Abstract

A school effectiveness function based on considerations and mathematical analyses associated with Multiattribute Utility Technology was developed. The function served to unify single indicators of school effectiveness in a manner understandable to local community groups and school personnel and was capable of computation on hand held calculators with memories. The methodology has validlty and reliability, intuitive efficacy, and a capacity for objectivity in providing both an empirical algorithm and a better understanding of school effectiveness. Data were collected from 98 new educators recently employed in business and industry (the Stakeholders) on 12 published school effectiveness attributes. Weighings were calculated from the stakeholder data and indices of relative school effectiveness were computed. The methodology is general and readily adapts to new situations.

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