ERIC Number: ED194640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Problems in Evaluating the Process of Product Evaluation: A New Role for School Accreditation.
Saterfiel, Thomas H.
By law the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation has the primary responsibility for assuring the quality of elementary and secondary education programs in the state. The Commission finds its role as one of validation and process evaluation according to established procedures. Recently, the state legislature mandated the establishment of local school accountability plans emphasizing good instructional management. As one of its standards, the Commission proposed that by 1984 each school district will have an "Accountability and Instructional Management" (AIM) plan in practice. This forced the Commission to establish a new set of standards for accrediting teams' evaluation of the instructional management program. The Commission faced the problems of establishing final standards, and training visiting teams to implement the standards. Since the selection of content is viewed as a local matter by the law, accreditation must emphasize the quality of each identified objective in the following areas: (1) clarity; (2) its ability to be measured; (3) faculty input in establishing it; (4) developing suitable evaluation procedures to measure it; (5) establishing expected levels of performance for it; and (6) action taken based on obtained data to improve the instructional program. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Evaluation Network (6th, Memphis, TN, September 28-October 1, 1980).