ERIC Number: ED190620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Field Assessment Survey. Paper and Report Series No. 10.
Caulley, Darrel N.; Smith, Nick L.
Heads of evaluation units in 21 state education agencies responded to a structured telephone interview about their unit's workload, evaluation methods, and associated problems and needs. Time committed to evaluation ranged from 10% to 100% and did not relate to staff size which ranged from 1-72. Eleven states contracted some of their evaluations. The dominant evaluation method (11 states) involved setting behavioral objectives and using tests and an experimental design to assess achievement. Three states used the discrepancy evaluation model; four states audited and accredited schools; the remaining states selected the method they felt was best suited to the program. Commonly cited problems were the lack of evaluators, time, funds, training, and particularly the lack of impact of evaluations. Difficulties in designing experiments, the need for school district data management systems, and evaluation training of school personnel were also cited. Because the problems and constraints of state evaluation units are so diverse, perhaps the strategy should be to develop innovative methods and then to determine what problems the methods solve. (The telephone survey questionnaire is appended). (CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.