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ERIC Number: ED163041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 11
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The Politics of Evaluation.
Polemeni, Anthony J.
At one time the major problems faced by an evaluator involved the best way to collect, analyze, and report data. Today, an evaluator's major problems concern responses to the evaluation report by school superintendents, principals, teachers, unions, and parents' groups. An unwillingness to publicize the evaluation results; the failure to consider evaluation results when making program decisions; the suppression of evaluation data if it adversely affects patronage possibilities; the demand for gross over-simplification in reporting evaluation results; an inability or reticence to create new programs, or to alter old ones based upon evaluative data; and the lack of communication between evaluators and field personnel are discussed as problems resulting from the political forces which influence evaluation. The role of laymen, supervisory personnel, project managers, classroom teachers, unions, the media, and parents in the politics of evaluation is outlined. Politically motivated critics of evaluation ignore the mandated necessity of assessment, and sometimes expect that evaluation agencies will be able to provide immediate data upon request. The author maintains that these political factors result in a lack of funding and facilities necessary in the work of a competent evaluator. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)