ERIC Number: ED115673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Evidence: Educational Evaluation and the Metaphors of Law.
Wolf, Robert L.
A suit was filed in 1972 in California by an 18 year old high school graduate who asserted that he remained functionally illiterate after 13 years of regular attendance in the San Francisco public schools. Claiming personal injury as a consequence of the failure of school professionals to exercise reasonable care in the discharge of their duties, he asked the court to hold the school district liable to him for damages in excess of $500,000. This suit reflects the relationship between educational accountability and educational outcomes. School negligence is difficult to demonstrate because of the underlying dilemma as to what evidence is relevant, reliable, and credible. One solution to this dilemma requires that procedures be adopted and modified which rely more on human testimony than other evaluation approaches. Tne forum for carrying out such a procedure is called an educational hearing, and it may provide a more effective way of adequately seeking balanced factual data, while not replacing existing designs for the collection and analysis of evaluational evidence. (Author/BJG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)