Termination Guidelines for a Magnet School Review Committee: Application of Decision Theory

Richard L. Wiener, Monica A. Frank, Tracy Libros

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The purpose of a magnet school is to assist the school system in reaching its desegregation goals while providing a quality education. One of the roles of the magnet review committee is to evaluate the degree of success of particular magnets and make recommendations to the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, about proposals to terminate magnet schools. The committee members have found it difficult to reach consensus on these proposals. We conducted an empirical case study of the process by which applied experimental psychology consultants helped to develop the review procedure. We constructed a decision guideline by quantitatively modeling the attitudes, beliefs, and legal positions of the decision makers and representing them as a series of weighted utility functions. The decision aid was accepted by the magnet review committee and the federal court and is currently being used by the committee to evaluate schools for termination. In this article we discuss the development of the decision aid from methodological and consultative perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-322
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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