ERIC Number: ED234085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Design for Evaluating and Reporting the Effectiveness of a School System Developed Science Curriculum.
Dangel, Timothy R.
This evaluation report describes the process by which a large urban-suburban school system evaluated a locally developed, systemwide, kindergarten through grade 12 science program and the results of the evaluation. The evaluation was based upon a set of broad evaluation questions related to three components of the science program: (1) the science curriculum, (2) student performance in and attitudes toward science, and (3) science instruction. Although the evaluation focused on the science curriculum, the design is applicable to other curricula. The design for answering the questions provided for both internal and external evaluations and for the collection of both new information and the aggregation of existing information. The final report was organized to meet the information needs of a variety of audiences by summarizing all data under the evaluation questions. The value and importance of the model are that it is manageable, can be implemented by a small staff, uses standardized and locally developed instruments, produces a report of results which is comprehensive yet understandable by a lay board of education, and fosters the use of evaluation results for ongoing program refinement and improvement. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, MD.
Identifiers: Anne Arundel County Public Schools MD
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).