ERIC Number: ED034324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation and the Improvement of Compensatory Educational Programs.
Skager, Rodney W.
The definition of evaluation as the collection and interpretation of systematic information about the effectiveness of alternative educational practices suggests several functions of evaluation in education, including: (1) Assessment of the needs of learners, (2) evaluation of program plans, (3) assessment of congruence between plans and actual practice, (4) improvement of operating programs, and (5) certification of operating programs. To the neglect of the first four functions, evaluations of ESEA Title I programs have been primarily restricted to the program certification function. Five proposals are advanced for improving the evaluation of compensatory educational programs; these include the adoption and dissemination, by the U.S. Office of Education, of guidelines for evaluation and a requirement by that office that explicit evaluation designs accompany program proposals. Other suggestions are concerned with the training of evaluation personnel and the development of criterion measures. (Author/JH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Compensatory Education, Cost Effectiveness, Decision Making, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Guidelines, Inquiry, Measurement Instruments, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Note: Revision of a position paper presented to Seminar on Educating the Disadvantaged. Univ. of Wis. (Madison, April 9-10, 1969)