ERIC Number: ED349334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
IMPACT: How ORE Findings Have Affected Decisions in Austin and Beyond.
Wilkinson, David, Ed.; Ligon, Glynn, Ed.
Over the years, findings of the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) of the Austin (Texas) Independent School District (AISD) have had a significant impact on decisions made in the district and sometimes beyond it. The ORE's impact in the AISD is reviewed in 16 areas. Some of the major findings are summarized: (1) ORE studies of retention in grade have found that low achievers who were promoted made greater gains in the long run than did low achievers who were retained; (2) classroom observation studies established links between on-task time, total instructional time, and student learning; (3) evaluation of the impact of classroom aides found that undertrained aides actually interfered with the process of learning to read; (4) the ORE defined and developed the district's vanguard dropout tracking system, which became a national model; (5) Chapter 1 evaluation findings have had an important impact on the delivery of compensatory education services; and (6) the ORE has brought about significant changes in the district's information systems and has reduced paperwork. The ORE has made ongoing contributions to improving the management efficiency of research, evaluation, and testing in the AISD. Ninety-four references are grouped by topic. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agency Role, Classroom Research, Compensatory Education, Decision Making, Dropout Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Utilization, Grade Repetition, Information Systems, Program Evaluation, Research Utilization, School Districts, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Hawkins Stafford Act 1988