In 1984, the Province of Manitoba’s Department of Education implemented a system to account for spending on public schools, the Financial Reporting and Accounting in Manitoba Education (FRAME) report.
Largely patterned on reporting systems in Alberta and Minnesota, FRAME requires school divisions to utilize the same format in reporting revenues and expenditures.
The FRAME report is divided into Operating Funds and Capital Funds. Operating Funds are further sub-divided into individual line items.
While this report makes it possible to compare school divisions budgets accurately, it only measures inputs and ignores outcomes.
While FRAME provides an excellent system for holding school divisions financially accountable, no such tool exists to hold them accountable for student achievement.
A new reporting format modelled on FRAME should be implemented. It would require school divisions to utilize the same format for reporting student achievement.
The new report would be called the Student Overall Achievement Report (SOAR
Categories would include standards tests results, teacher assessment of students, graduation rates, attrition and attendance.
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