ERIC Number: ED345351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Assessing Educational Reform: Illinois Experience.
Wise, Connie; Ramirez, Al
Findings from a study of Illinois' educational evaluation process, in which external evaluators conduct the evaluation, are presented in this paper. Methodology involved analysis by State Board of Education staff of requests for proposals (RFPs); these were mailed to 121 potential bidders for external evaluation. Bidders included universities, individual consultants, private nonprofit and for-profit companies, and regional research laboratories. Application of systematic standards to the proposals resulted in the consistently higher ranking of the for-profit corporations over universities or nonprofit corporations. Findings indicate that a thorough examination of researchers' credentials is needed, as well as quality controls and monitoring that focus on staffing, technical design, time frame, and the specification of expected outcomes. A conclusion is that for-profit corporations are more likely to respond to the needs of the funding source within the time frames involved. Three tables are included. Appendices include the request for proposal process, reform evaluation results, and results of applying standards. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).