ERIC Number: ED245370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation Units in State Departments of Education: A Five-Year Update. Paper and Report Series No. 96.
Smith, Nick L.
Based on similar studies conducted in 1978 and 1983, this paper provides information on changes in state department of education (SEA) evaluation units over a 5-year period and an update on current conditions. In brief, there appears to have been substantial reductions in the size of SEA evaluation unit staffs. While the majority of studies continue to be conducted inhouse rather than contracted out to external consultants, far fewer evaluations are being performed. Although the variability across units in terms of size of staff and number of evaluations conducted seems to be decreasing, the individual units still respond to a diverse set of multiple responsibilities, from consultation to evaluation monitoring to policy analysis. These units would like assistance in providing better services through improved database maintenance, study design, and problem formation. In addition, they continue to cope with the perennial problems of insufficient funds and lack of trained staff. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.