ERIC Number: ED202884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Research and Evaluation at the Grant Wood Area Education Agency: A Regional Education Service Agency's Perspective.
Herrick, Michael J.
The Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA) is a regional education service agency centered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, serving 39 public school districts and 36 private school districts in a seven-county area. Area education agencies (AEA) in Iowa are separate legal entities, not arms of the State Department or the school districts who decide to join them. The purposes of AEA are to equalize educational opportunities across a regional geographic area. This is accomplished by providing educational services, media services, and special education services to local school districts that cannot afford to provide these services for themselves. Funding for the GWAEA ultimately comes from local district property taxes and is computed on the basis of district enrollment. Approximately 80% of the budget goes to special education, 7% to media, and 12% to educational services. Educational services include inservice, data processing, and research programs. The inservice program provides consultants in the content areas of science, language arts, math, and social studies. The research program provides needs assessment, evaluation studies, grant writing, test scoring and reporting, etc. Since services are not mandatory, requests to the GWAEA are treated on a first-come, first-serve basis. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Grant Wood Area Education Agency IA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).