ERIC Number: ED041952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Reference Count: 0
State-Wide Evaluation: What are the Priorities?
Dyer, Henry S.
The theory and practice of evaluation is in a state of chaos. This will prevail until educators recognize that a problem exists, understand the circumstances surrounding the problem, and learn how to cope with it. Local authorities are fearful and mistrusting of evaluation programs because of possible future infringements on methods of operation. To alleviate this situation it will be necessary to train educators in the nature and purposes of educational evaluation, a broad term involving a number of complex and interacting components. The effects of the evaluation process on those being evaluated are often overlooked. It is suggested that a good state-wide evaluation system should provide (1) information to aid each student in assessing his own progress, (2) information to aid teachers and administrators assess the effectiveness of educational programs, (3) information for the state educational authority that will permit efficient allocation of funds and professional services, (4) data for state and local research agencies that will aid in improving all aspects of the educational process, (5) incentives for innovation in all educational areas, and (6) an accounting to the state legislature and the public of educational progress. These six objectives are considered in some detail, with the individual student regarded as the prime focus. (DP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Paper presented at the State-Wide Testing Conference, Minneapolis, Minn., September 13, 1969