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ERIC Number: ED261848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Migrant Education Program Evaluation: A Local Perspective.
Alvino, Peter
Since 1983 the Migrant Education Program Evaluation (MEPE) has collected data about migrant children in summer programs throughout the state of Illinois. Testing is done during the summer months with migrant students in grades 3, 5, and 7. Preliminary screening identifies students who are limited-English speakers, and they are excluded from further testing. Students are given the standardized English Language Arts Test (Scholastic Aptitude Tests). Test materials are sent to a state office for tabulation, and local project directors are notified of the test results. The MEPE has several advantages. Local program directors no longer must rely on internal and often subjective instruments for program evaluation and planning. Because the MEPE uses a nationally normed test, it allows directors to compare migrant children with the general population. It provides information for local education agencies requesting data on migrant children enrolled in summer programs and gives teachers a place to begin instruction during the regular school year. From the local perspective the MEPE has two disadvantages. First, the number of students tested at the local level may be small, raising questions about the validity and usefulness of test results for evaluating local program effectiveness. Second, limited-English speaking children are not tested. (JHZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois