ERIC Number: ED235183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Study in Contrasts: Effects of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981 on SEA and LEA Evaluation. Paper and Report Series No. 79.
Gray, Peter J.; And Others
The intent of the investigation reported here was to study the impact of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act (ECIA) on educational evaluation at the state and local level. The study had three major purposes: (1) to investigate the state education agency (SEA) and local education agency (LEA) responses to changing evaluation requirements under Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of ECIA, (2) to discover new evaluation-related methodological problems, and (3) to identify changing evaluation training and technical assistance needs. Through a 10-month, longitudinal interview study of evaluators in five western state departments and five large school districts, some preliminary results emerged. Reductions in money and staff have indeed brought about consolidation, but improvement is still an open question. Budget reductions are affecting educational programs more than the new Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 legislation. Much of the Chapter 2 money is being spent on materials and equipment, especially microcomputers. Evaluation units seem to be shifting away from monitoring and evaluation and focusing more on technical assistance and leadership. These and other findings are discussed in this report. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.
Identifiers: Education Consolidation and Improvement Act 1981
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