ERIC Number: ED237626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
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)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Compensatory Education, Decentralization, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Program Evaluation, School Districts, State Departments of Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Office of Research and Evaluation Services.
Identifiers: Education Consolidation and Improvement Act 1981