Public accountability : the perceived usefulness of School Annual reports

Tooley, Stuart & Hooks, Jillian (2009) Public accountability : the perceived usefulness of School Annual reports. In Beaumont, Nicholas (Ed.) 23rd ANZAM Conference 2009: Sustainable management and marketing, Promaco Conventions PTY LTD, Southbank, Melbourne.

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Annual reports are an important component of New Zealand schools’ public accountability. Through the annual report the governance body informs stakeholders about school aims, objectives, achievements, use of resources, and financial performance. We examine the perceived usefulness of the annual report in the discharge of public accountability. We find that 15% of the recipients (mainly parents/caregivers) do not read the annual report because they trust in the school to do the right thing or rely on others to monitor school activities. We find that the annual report is used for a variety of purposes including to determine if the school has conducted its activities effectively and achieved stated objectives and goals; to examine student achievements; to assess financial accountability and performance; and to make decisions about the school as a suitable environment for their child/children. We find that other forms of communication such as school newsletters, parent-teacher interviews, children and other parents are more important sources of information about the school than the annual report.

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ID Code: 29274
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Full papers available on CD-ROM of same title as published volume. Published volume only lists abstracts of all papers presented at conference
Keywords: Public Accountability, School Annual Reporting, New Zealand
ISBN: 1863081593
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2009 00:21
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:44

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