ERIC Number: ED131004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Experimental Schools Program: Opportunities to Improve the Management of an Education Research Program; Report to Congress by the Comptroller General of the United States.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The Experimental Schools Program was begun in 1970 under legislative authority to test the hypothesis that comprehensive changes in existing educational systems will improve the quality of education. This report to the Congress by the Comptroller General's Office determined that the Experimental Schools Program will provide information to educators and researchers on the implementation of comprehensive educational change. It will not be able, however, to provide complete data on (1) the ability of school districts to plan for and to implement comprehensive educational changes and (2) the impact of these changes on students, teachers, administrators, and the community. In addition, the program does not insure that projects could provide the type of cost data necessary to determine compliance with special program financial regulations. The Comptroller General's Office recommended that: (A) project plans approved for funding include (1) documentation of the need for the educational changes sought through the research, (2) specific instructions on how to conduct the research, and (3) specific, measurable objectives in terms of output or impact; (B) evaluations be planned and implemented to provide necessary impact and cost information over the entire life of the project; and (C) procedures for requiring program offices to verify that grantee accounting systems are adequate provide the type of data necessary to insure compliance with financial regulations. (MB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Agents, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Change, Educational Programs, Educational Research, Evaluation Criteria, Experimental Schools, Program Administration, Program Evaluation
Office of the Comptroller General, Washington, D.C., 20548
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document