ERIC Number: ED306245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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A Cafeteria Style Approach for Evaluating K-3 Programs.
Myers, Christopher J.
A cafeteria-style approach for evaluating primary grade programs in a large metropolitan school district is described. This evaluation approach involved planning between one and four evaluation options for each of 17 program options available to the district's 70 elementary schools. About 20,000 kindergarten through grade 3 students were enrolled in these elementary schools, which ranged in size from 250 to 750 students. From the program and evaluation "menus," school staff could select the combination of programs and evaluation plans that best suited their needs. The multiple evaluation methods used included: (1) multiple measures; (2) multiple designs; (3) multiple analyses; (4) combined qualitative and quantitative methods; and (5) combined multiple evaluation goals. In addition, client participation was an integral part of the process. This approach was well received by school staff because it enabled them to choose options sensitive to the needs of their students. Evaluators found that the approach enhanced internal and external validity, helped explain differences among schools and groups, and enhanced the credibility of findings among evaluation users. Three tables of options are appended. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).