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ERIC Number: ED154079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-27
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The Relationship of the Instructional Dimensions Study to the NIE Survey of Compensatory Education.
Nyitray, Margot; Frechtling, Joy A.
Two types of studies are now being used as part of a new Federal strategy for evaluating Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I programs. In the first, broad descriptive information is collected on a national scale. In the second, as implemented in the Instructional Dimensions Study (IDS) the effects of Title I programs are focused upon at the district level. It was hoped by policy makers that the two studies would satisfy the following goals: first, data from the national survey could be used to help interpret the generalizability of the IDS findings and evaluate similarities and differences between districts in the special IDS and representative survey sample; second, data from IDS could be used to evaluate the degree to which practices reported in widespread use showed promise. The strengths and weaknesses of this strategy are discussed in this paper. The characteristics of districts and programs from the two study samples are compared. In addition, the extent to which data from the two studies could be integrated is discussed. Specific issues relating to Title I evaluation are examined on the basis of data from the two studies. In addition, general observations on the effectiveness of Title I programs are offered. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I