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ERIC Number: ED237626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Effect of ECIA on Evaluation Practice: Early Returns.
Gray, Peter J.; Smith, Nick L.
Over 30 professional evaluators in five state departments of education and 5 large school districts were interviewed periodically over a 10-month period in 1982 to find out how the Education Consolidation Improvement Act of 1981 (ECIA) was affecting program evaluation activities. Preliminary findings on the impact of ECIA Chapter 1 (compensatory education) indicated that the ECIA legislation had not significantly eliminated administrative load or paperwork. It was reported that there has been a relaxation in testing requirements under Chapter 1; more interest in sustained effects studies at both state and local levels; and a change in the forms of parental involvement. Chapter 1 budget cuts had a more dramatic impact than the new legislation, bringing about dramatic reductions in the number of children served. Preliminary findings on the impact of Chapter 2 (block grants) indicated that the legislation had increased flexibility and decentralization at the local level while reallocating some of the previous categorical funds to smaller districts. Most of Chapter 2 funds were being spent on materials and microcomputers, with evaluators primarily monitoring the flow and expenditure of funds. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Office of Research and Evaluation Services.
Identifiers: Education Consolidation and Improvement Act 1981