ERIC Number: ED204371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Characteristics of District Evaluation Reports.
This study provides information about the actual functions and activities of school district evaluation units by examining an integral product of the units. This product, an evaluation report, was examined from a nationwide sample of district evaluation organizations (N=116). Reports were checked for the presence of particular evaluation report characteristics identified as important by evaluation researchers. The most frequently exhibited characteristics were descriptions of evaluation results, identification of data collection sources, and descriptions of data analysis procedures. Present in about half of the reports were descriptions of the purposes of the evaluation, conclusions, and comprehensive data collection sources. About one-third of the reports contained clear descriptions of the program under study and identification of evaluation audiences. Less than one-third of the reports provided conclusions which were congruent with information provided, described the actual implementation of the program under study, or discussed reliability or validity of the data collection sources. A subsample (N=16) examination of potential relationships between unit variables and report characteristics totals did not reveal many significant relationships. However, the larger districts generally had reports with larger numbers of important evaluation characteristics. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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).