ERIC Number: ED336419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Lower Costs, Fewer Staff, More Information: Critique of a Generic, Data-Base Evaluation System. Publication Number 90.21.
Ligon, Glynn; And Others
The GENESYS (GENeric Evaluation SYStem) evaluation system of the Austin, Texas school system is described, and its second year of operation--1989-90--is reviewed. GENESYS is a method of streamlining data collection and evaluation through the use of computer technology. It gathers and reports the following standard information on specified groups of students: (1) student characteristics; (2) achievement; (3) attendance; (4) discipline; (5) grades and credits; (6) dropouts; and (7) retainees. GENESYS can be run using data for any group of students identifiable through a computer file. As of June 1990, 56 groups of students had been run through the GENESYS system that spring. A number of enhancements were made in 1989-90 to make the process more "user friendly," but access to the system remains limited because of its complexity. Additional refinements should improve access to GENESYS as well as recognition of its utility. GENESYS can deliver a large number of evaluations for much less than a traditional evaluation would cost. While it is not a replacement for first-hand process evaluation, it can provide information on a large number of programs at low cost. Two figures and seven attachments provide details about the GENESYS process. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX; GENESYS TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).