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Questions and Answers
Gail McKinzie, Ph.D.
Indian Prairie(IL) School District
Q: What is a FairCompare Analysis & Audit?
A: A FairCompare Analysis is an assessment of the quality of education established in a school district. The process examines the degree to which a school district meets the criteria of effectiveness. Effectiveness is defined as achieving educational results at a level equal to or better than those achieved in school districts which have been recognized as being effective, usually the top 20% of similar school districts.
What areas are assessed?
Q: What are the benefits of a FairCompare Analysis & Audit?
A: There are many benefits to an Analysis & Audit. The most important benefits for schools and school systems are:
Q. Who initiates a FairCompare Analysis & Audit?
An Analysis & Audit may be commissioned by a school system or group of school systems, corporations, foundations, or any other group or organization interested in school assessment. Often, local newspapers and businesses are instrumental in supporting and publishing Analyses & Audits in their communities.
Q. What is the purpose of a FairCompare Analysis & Audit?
Its purpose is to identify areas of school system operation which can be improved and to highlight excellence. The Analysis & Audit makes specific commendations and recommendations, providing methods for achieving school system improvement in student performance."
Q: What are the steps in conducting an Analysis & Audit?
Q. To whom will the Analysis & Audit be presented?
A. A preliminary report will be given to the superintendent and/or any other sponsoring organizations for review. A final report will then be presented to those same individuals or groups depending on the nature and scope of the Analysis & Audit.
Q. How long does it take to complete an Analysis & Audit?
A. Depending on the size and complexity of the school or school system, an Analysis & Audit will take two to three months (more complex situations can take longer).
Q: What is the cost of an Analysis & Audit?
A: The Analysis & Audit investment begins at $16,000 and will increase depending on the size and complexity of the school system and the scope of the Analysis & Audit.
Q: How are the SchoolMatch Databases Used in the Analysis & Audit?
A: SchoolMatch maintains comprehensive databases on every public school system in the USA. The databases allow the auditors to compare school systems with other school systems having similar demographic characteristics.
Q: How can we obtain more information about a SchoolMatch® FairCompare Analysis?
A: Contact us: