ERIC Number: ED314486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Design for Evaluating the Nevada Proficiency Examination Program.
Yap, Kim O.
In March 1989, the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory entered into a contract with the Nevada Department of Education to develop this evaluation design for the Nevada Proficiency Examination (NPE) Program. The NPE program, mandated by state legislation, requires each school district to administer examinations in all public schools to determine student achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics in grades 3, 6, 9, and before completion of grade 12 (usually grade 11). No formal evaluation of the program had previously been conducted. To maximize the chances of providing useful information for decision makers, the evaluation proposed to: review the literature; conduct survey research to collect data from stakeholder groups; maintain an orientation toward program improvement; and use cost efficient methods. Three general areas were identified for the evaluation: (1) similarities and differences between the Nevada program and comparable activities in other states; (2) program administration issues; and (3) program improvement issues. Descriptive statistical methods were planned for analysis of the data collected. The evaluation was scheduled for the fall of 1989, prior to a planned changeover in the tests used to determine proficiency. Appendices comprising half the document contain survey forms and interview questions planned for the evaluation. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City. Planning, Research and Evaluation Branch.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Assessment and Evaluation Program.