ERIC Number: ED352724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
State Education Agency Involvement in Change Agent Programs. Study of Change Agent Programs: A Working Note.
Prusoff, Linda L.; Sumner, Gerald C.
Findings of a study that examined the role of the state education agency (SEA) in implementing innovative projects within school districts are presented in this paper. The following federal programs were investigated: (1) the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title III, Innovative Projects; (2) ESEA Title VII, Bilingual Projects; (3) Vocational Education (VEA) Part D, Exemplary Programs; and (4) the Right-to-Read program. Data were collected from telephone interviews with 48 state program officers in 18 states. Findings indicate that federal policies about dissemination of successful projects have caused major conflicts between the states and the federal program staff. Across all programs, state program staff reported the need for more federal program staff contact, a more active federal role in dissemination, and less rigid requirements. A conclusion is that SEA practices and policies affect local programs and that federal policy should recognize the diverse SEA needs and expertise. Research questions for each program are listed. Eight tables are included. The appendices contain a description of the survey instrument, the interview schedule, and a summary of SEA management of VEA state-administered Part D funds. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.