ERIC Number: ED208002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Linkages Between a State Bureau of Evaluation and the Professional Field.
Triplett, Suzanne E.
The efforts of the Louisiana State Department of Education Bureau of Evaluation to provide a valid and useful system for evaluation is presented in this overview. The focus is on the quality assurance and control functions of the Bureau in evaluating educational programs, conducting evaluation research on issues relevant to education in Louisiana, and in upgrading the quality and utility of program evaluation. A description is given of the inadequacies of the evaluation system prior to 1980 and the subsequent development of strategies to increase evaluator skills, increase user expectations, and to apply standards to the assessment of evaluation processes and products. The developmental process whereby a certification system was created for evaluators conducting evaluations of Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education programs, the levels of certification, certification requirements and the role of the Task Force in this process are also documented. Standards were formulated to assure appropriate, valid and reliable evaluations; the two-stage implementation procedure of providing evaluators with training in these standards and applying the standards to evaluations in the state is discussed. Also highlighted is the potential role of the Round Table of Educational Program Evaluators as a forum to bring evaluators and users together. (AEF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Utilization; Louisiana
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).