ERIC Number: ED124598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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A Practitioner's View: Evaluating the Evaluation of ESEA Title I.
Nairus, John P.
The original requirement for evaluation in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 was unprecedented. However, the wording and intent of the requirement was purposely left vague because of the conflict between the schoolman's concern over federal interference and Congress' demands for feedback that could lead to efficient spending of the funds. Evaluation can be a useful management tool for the practitioner of Title I because it explains whether objectives are actually being met and because it gives needed data on whether to continue, modify, or terminate a project. Such considerations must be balanced with educators' tendencies to maintain the status quo. Some recommended characteristics of evaluation reports should be: accentuate the positive in reporting results; use of layman's language, especially in a summary section; reevaluate essentials every year and nonessentials sporadically; be sure that each evaluation reports on some common strand of effectiveness, such as pupil achievement in reading and mathematics; and use longitudinal studies for information purposes only, not to evaluate the overall effectiveness of Title I. Finally, the evaluation should not be able to determine which services any child is to receive. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I