ERIC Number: ED179608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Piggyback Option of the Minnesota State Assessment Program. A Report Prepared for the Minnesota State Assessment Program, Minnesota Department of Education.
Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Office of Planning and Evaluation.
The Local District Assessment Option (piggyback program) is an integral part of the Minnesota Statewide Educational Assessment Program, which provides the 162 participating local school districts with materials and procedures developed for the statewide program. Materials are available in reading, mathematics, social studies, and science for grades 4, 8, and 11, and in reading literacy for senior high schools. Data collection procedures for the evaluation of the local option program included mail surveys and telephone interviews with personnel in participating and nonparticipating districts. Among the conclusions were that the program: functions well and serves as a model for local district evaluation; disseminates information effectively; involves districts in various geographic areas; has not been explained well in nonparticipating districts; has elicited most interest in reading and mathematics components; will emphasize future development in writing, survival mathematics and basic life skills; has adequate reporting methods; is satisfactory in program intent, procedures, activities, and materials; has major impact on curriculum decision making and changes in staffing, testing, materials and instructional strategies, at the district, building, and classroom levels; and provides a high degree of involvement by community members and educational personnel. (Staff questionnaires are appended). (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Distribution, Information Utilization, Mathematics Curriculum, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Reading Achievement, School Community Relationship, School Districts, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Test Results
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Office of Planning and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Minnesota; Minnesota Educational Assessment Program