ERIC Number: ED185164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
What Do We Know About Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools? Volume 9: New Perspectives on School District Research and Evaluation.
The Center for the Study of Evaluation's project, Evaluation and School Districts, used questionnaires to survey the heads of evaluation offices in metropolitan public school systems. This paper presents the preliminary findings of the survey. Most school systems have established a centralized program evaluation unit organized around three functions: administration, instruction, and support services. Evaluation units have little, if any, authority over administrative or instructional personnel. Reports produced by these units rarely offer recommendations or suggestions and few are involved in decisionmaking. In terms of school district and evaluation unit budgets, there is some relationships of money to enrollment. Evaluation unit directors feel that their personnel resources and budgets to meet Federal, State, and local requirements are inadequate. Testing was identified as the favored method for collecting data. Both norm and criterion referenced testing programs were used to report student achievement of instructional objectives. Evaluation units are typically not directly linked to either decisionmaking or instructional objectives. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO.
Note: Paper prepared for the Urban Education Program, CEMREL, Inc.'s National Conference on Urban Education (St. Louis, MO, July 10-14, 1978). For related documents see UD 020 351-361 and UD 020 363.