ERIC Number: ED216026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Management of an Evaluation Unit in a State Education Agency.
Peck, Hugh I.
A program evaluation unit was established in the Louisiana Department of Education. A unit capable of measuring and assuring the effectiveness of several programs and projects either operating or proposed was desired. The Department responded to requests to implement program evaluations. Many requests were from program administrators who needed formative and summative evaluations. It was necessary for the superintendent and his cabinet to develop and approve a policy statement relative to program evaluation. Three key points include: program evaluation was separate from program administration; results were reported to the superintendent, his cabinet, and program administrators; and financial support was provided through the program budget. The director of the Program Evaluation Bureau reported to the associate superintendent of Research and Development. The organizational structure was conducive to the ordered growth of program evaluation as it assumed additional responsibility; supported program evaluation with data and research bases, as well as computing and dissemination power; and provided it with access to the decision makers. The unit was staffed with professionals trained and experienced in program evaluation. It was established in 1980 and seems to have a bright professional, as well as funding, future. (DWH)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Program Evaluation, State Agencies, State Departments of Education, State Programs
Louisiana State Department of Education, Division of Research and Development, P.O. Box 44064, Baton Rouge, LA 70804 ($.46).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge.
Identifiers: Louisiana State Department of Public Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).