Assessing Schools' Academic Performance Using a Belief Structure

Maslan Borhan, Abdul Aziz Jemain

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Abstract

A lot of attention has been given to education as it is the most practical way of improving social mobility. In order to be progressive and resilient, there has to be an overall transformation of society as evidenced in the annual budget allocations which has educational implications to it. Therefore, schools will come to term that they are under the watching eyes of interested parties who want them to perform academically. Thus, this will lead the stakeholders of education to make assessment and comparison between schools. However, the process of assessing schools is not an easy task as it involves many attributes. The problem of aggregating a large number of attributes will be a challenge if we use the traditional Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) method. Hence, in this paper an innovative approach called Evidential Reasoning (ER) will be used to assess school performance in a multilevel or hierarchical setting which involved indirect measurement of quality by using standardized examination results, rather than directly measuring the quality of the processes unfolding within the schools. The approach is different from most conventional decision making modeling methods in that it employs a belief structure to represent an assessment as a distribution. By using this method, we are able to assess and rank the schools involved by giving an appropriate weight and merit point for each attribute and grade, respectively. For easy comprehension of the method, a numerical example was given on how to utilize the proposed method in order to obtain a single performance figure for school ranking purposes. Finally, by comparing the school ranking reveals that there is little similarity with the normal practice currently adopted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-197
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume106
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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Keywords

  • Belief structure
  • Evidential reasoning
  • Multi-criteria decision making

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  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Assessing Schools' Academic Performance Using a Belief Structure. / Borhan, Maslan; Jemain, Abdul Aziz.

In: Social Indicators Research, Vol. 106, No. 1, 03.2012, p. 187-197.

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