ERIC Number: ED200625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-13
Evaluation as an Effective Strategy for Instructional Improvement: Essential Conditions for Implementation.
As the emphasis on the inclusion of evaluation and assessment activities in the development and implementation of various school programs has increased, so has the need to address the question of whether or not these strategies can or do effectively assist in bringing about school change or program improvement. The following are conditions or factors which, from a practitioner's viewpoint, are essential to successful implementation of districtwide or school evaluation systems: (1) impetus or commitment from "top" levels of the system or unit; (2) evaluation and testing systemwide (unit--district, school, department, etc.); (3) felt need of expected participants; (4) intent to evaluate linked to action; (5) ownership--evaluation for instructional improvement needs to be internal in nature if instructional quality is the criteria; (6) agreement on purpose and activities; (7) evaluation should be ongoing and cyclical and should include analysis and feedback, determined need, developed action, and implementation action; (8) process of continued monitoring, assistance, and education for those involved; (9) provision of continuing education in evaluation methods; (10) never assume anything without adequate information; (11) provide the mechanics or necessary material; and (12) evaluation must be considered as a continuing process rather than a single event. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).