ERIC Number: ED348331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-17
Reference Count: N/A
America's Education Success Story at a Crossroads: The National Diffusion Network in 1989. A Concept Review.
National Dissemination Study Group.
This paper assesses the current status and problems of the National Diffusion Network (NDN), a federally funded endeavor established to enable developers of educational programs to provide evidence that their programs improve student outcomes; and to disseminate their programs nationwide through a network of state facilitators. The study discusses six major problem areas: (1) inadequate federal support; (2) the weakening influx of a variety of strong, new developer demonstrator projects into the NDN; (3) issues relating to the composition and approach of the Program Effectiveness Panel, which validates applicant programs; (4) difficulties surrounding the evaluation of the impact of the system's projects, (5) undue political influence in the funding of NDN programs; and (6) the need for redefinition of NDN projects. The NDN must adapt to its environment on the federal level and in the individual classrooms of America. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Study Group.