ERIC Number: ED199285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Large Statewide Assessment Program.
Blust, Ross S.; Hertzog, James F.
A follow-up survey was conducted of the 1978 Educational Quality Assessment (EQA) to ascertain what impact the Pennsylvania Statewide Assessment Program had on schools and school districts. The survey instrument consisted of 20 items tapping: (1) the quality of information and services provided; (2) dissemination activities engaged in by the district; (3) value in identifying problem areas; and (4) programmatic changes made. Survey responses were received from 88 percent of the school administrators participating in the 1978 assessment and are presented. EQA was found to play an important part in making decisions in areas such as changes in courses and teaching strategies. Often principals used EQA information to make decisions leading to revisions of existing programs or the development of new programs. Many respondents indicated that EQA provided data that confirmed a problem existed or called attention to problem areas not previously noted by the district staff. "Percentiles on student performance areas" and "scores compared to predicted range" were selected as the most useful type of scoring and statistics used in the school report, although all six options were selected by at least 50 of the 99 school administrators. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania Educational Quality Assessment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).