ERIC Number: ED251275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Strategy for Evaluation in the Small Rural Elementary School.
Sanders, James R.
Following inquiry into small elementary school evaluation processes, a system of evaluation was developed which proposes to standardize and make more efficient already existing forms of evaluation, improve communication among school staff on matters of education and evaluation, and insure that all critical matters of schooling are openly reviewed on a continuing basis. A discussion on the status of continuing and systematic evaluation by small school districts (there is very little such evaluation) is followed by a list of reasons why evaluation doesn't take place. Six reasons are cited for the need to incorporate systematic evaluation efforts into educational routine. Eight areas in which partial evaluation usually takes place are identified and discussed in relation to a systematic process. The eight elements to be included in a continuing system of evaluation in a small school district include: the teachers; a communications system; the principal; outside reviews; established goals, tasks, and agenda; a continuous but manageable evaluation pattern; equitable task distribution; and setting a 5-year plan which allows continuity in spite of staff turnover. Six steps are suggested for incorporating these elements. Twenty-four references, an appendix on how evaluation committees might work, and a flow chart conclude the document. (BRR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo. Evaluation Center.