ERIC Number: ED219870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Micro-Computers in Educational Evaluation.
Greene, Mark M.
Among other services, the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory contracts with local school districts, state departments of education, social service agencies, colleges, universities, and other organizations to provide roughly 90 third-party evaluations per year of projects funded through such sources as Elementary and Secondary Education Act Titles I and IV, and the Bilingual, Migrant, and Special Education Acts. This document reports on the reasons behind the laboratory's decision to obtain and use a microcomputer in the evaluation process. Reasons for using a microcomputer included the need to handle large quantities of data, the need for multiple analyses, and the potential for routinizing certain aspects of the process. Criteria entertained in selecting a particular system included the system's data storage capacity, available software, the availability of competent software developers and modifiers, the potential for linkage with client systems, the availability of support services, the potential for upgrading, the relative speed, the known history and reputation of the equipment, its relative cost, and its compatibility with previously obtained equipment. Finally, the document discusses the actual implementation process, noting the work flow needs and commenting on the unexpected effort necessary to develop a process tailored to the laboratory's specific requirements. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Microcomputers, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Purchasing
Not available separately; see EA 014 910.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Selection; Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
Note: In: The Computer: Extension of the Human Mind. Proceedings, Annual Summer Conference, College of Education, University of Oregon (3rd, Eugene, OR, July 21-23, 1982). For related documents, see EA 014 910-932.