ERIC Number: ED175142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Ethical, Political and Organizational Issues: "Preachin" and "Meddlin."
Barber, Larry W.
The purpose of this paper is to show that for an evaluation to be a successful change effort, the evaluator must not only "preach" (simply report facts) but also "meddle" (judge quality and recommend changes). It appears that if the evaluator does not take a leadership role in pushing for modification, these modifications will not occur. This point is illustrated by a history of a reading evaluation program in the Eugene, Oregon, Public Schools. When the research, development, and evaluation (RD&E) unit discovered that district reading achievement was below reasonable expectations for Eugene's socioeconomic status, they first "meddled" by convincing the superintendent and board to release achievement scores to the news media. Then reasonable expectations for achievement levels were calculated by the evaluation unit and released by the superintendent and board. This meddling was the impetus for a districtwide evaluation of the school reading program in which the evaluation staff gave only technical assistance. After the evaluation report was in, the evaluation staff pushed for the development of a reading implementation plan. Results of the efforts of the evaluation unit include higher expectations for achievement in the schools, a greater tolerance for criticism of programs, a reading plan in each building, and rising achievement scores. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluator Role
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)