ERIC Number: ED262133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
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The National Assessment of the Chapter 1 Program.
Kennedy, Mary M.
Evaluations of Chapter 1 programs usually center on one of three questions: (1) Does the program constitute an appropriate Federal investment? (2) Does the program have the potential to benefit students? and (3) Is the program feasible enough to implement? Often, evaluators and legislators disagree over which of these questions is most important. In the case of Chapter 1, getting the money to the right children is an outcome of great interest, and many congressmen assume that once that is accomplished, it is up to the district to see that the funds are used effectively. At the moment, the most asked question concerns whether and how well a proposed program can be implemented. This is evident in the National Institute of Education's (NIE) mandate to study the reauthorization of Chapter 1: of the seven items of information requested by Congress, six concerned implementation, and only one concerned effectiveness. It is likely that the 1987 reauthorization hearings will reflect this configuration of questions. Thus, the NIE study will focus on four implementation questions (administration, targeting, program design, and services). This study differs from others in its efforts to review existing evidence (rather than gathering new data) and in the design of its implementation study, which emphasizes the way context can influence the fate of the Chapter 1 program. Two very different kinds of contexts can have an impact: (1) local organization factors and the management and budgetary constraints faced by Chapter 1 directors, and (2) the educational "mood" of the district, and nation, regarding the desired direction of education. (KH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1