ERIC Number: ED124600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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State Level Evaluation Operations in a Multifunded Program Context.
Law, Alexander I.
Several years ago, California, along with other states, discovered that there was a layering effect of categorical programs, both state and federal. Most programs were aimed at unique populations--disadvantaged, bilingual, etc. This proliferation and the evaluation requirements inherent in each of the categorical efforts created problems of sufficient magnitude to warrant action to relieve school districts. Through reform efforts schools were required to provide thorough needs assessments of their pupils to develop plans in which the various funding sources could be brought together into a coherent whole to meet the established needs of the students. While this reform movement has forged ahead the problem remains that there are still unique evaluation requirements for each of the individual programs. The problem arises of attempting to make reasonable judgments about the total effectiveness of a reform effort and yet having to meet the legislatively established requirements of unique funding source evaluations. This dilemma presents itself: The kind of information policy makers need is not of the descriptive nature, which has typically characterized an evaluation, but rather one which can yield inferences about contrasts between programs. A movement toward a "hyper-evaluation" which is more akin to experimental or research design is foreseen. (RC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California