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ERIC Number: ED353305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 13
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Issues in Validating Effectiveness of School Improvement Programs.
Stalford, Charles B.
This paper argues that the National Diffusion Network (NDN) is a valuable tool for disseminating information about effective school improvement programs (SIPs). It considers why SIPs are not found more frequently in the NDN and what can be done to remedy this situation, from the perspective of the executive secretary of the NDN Program Effectiveness Panel (PEP). A multiplicity of activities occurs in SIPs. The goals of SIPs are quite broad, while those of NDN programs are content or subject-matter specific or relatively focused. Other contextual factors may impede movement toward gaining PEP approval (i.e., time and expense involved in collecting requisite evaluation data, and need to have a school or schools make the application). These traits of SIPs challenge their program sponsors to fully and clearly describe what the intervention is, document claims of significant outcomes that flow from the program, and attribute the observed outcomes to the program itself and rule out competing explanations. The Spencerport (New York) School District obtained PEP validation of a district-wide SIP by having a district-wide leadership team develop a district plan for school improvement based on effective schools research, establishing annual building plans, submitting district-wide test results, and collecting data on student outcomes and use of the effective schools processes over a sustained period. (RLC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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