ERIC Number: ED188842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan-15
Reference Count: 0
Small School District Utilization of Program Evaluation: A Survey of Board Members and Superintendents.
Tomblin, Elizabeth; Harding, Evelyn
In a 1979 survey, the majority of the 73% responding superintendents and 38% responding school board chairmen in 269 randomly chosen small school districts across the nation indicated that program evaluation activity occurred in their districts and that evaluation information was generally desired by and available to the school board. Superintendents and chairmen similarly viewed evaluation as: continuous monitoring of ongoing programs (54-65%); assessment of student progress (32-37%); and accountability (23-32%). Just under half of the school board chairmen reported regular curriculum evaluation and 92% reported some. Much of the existing evaluation activity was constituted by standardized testing programs, available in 84% of the districts, and was conducted by district staff personnel such as principals or guidance counselors. Resulting information was used mainly to determine the future of ongoing programs (65%) and the need for new programs (35%). While 44% of board chairmen were satisfied with the amount of evaluation material they received, 51% wanted more although the majority of districts had no policy regarding program evaluations. Although nearly half the chairmen reported spending less than 10% of board time on curriculum, not unlike larger districts, there was nonetheless an overall positive reception of and intended use of evaluation material. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.; Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April, 1980).