ERIC Number: ED353358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Reconsidering Current Federal Policy for Evaluating ESEA Chapter 1 Grants to Local Education Agencies.
This paper presents arguments for changing a portion of current federal policy for evaluating Chapter 1 grants to Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Chapter 1, part of the federal Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA), provides funds to schools and districts to improve education for economically disadvantaged students. The paper advocates that multiple measures and some local selection of appropriate measures of program quality be used in addition to appropriate achievement outcome measures to determine which programs need school improvement. In addition, alternatives to norm-referenced standardized tests should be permitted as achievement outcome measures. In making the argument for these changes, the paper reviews norm-referenced tests, types of achievement performance missing from current tests, subject matter content missing from current tests, what the new performance assessments are, details of the current policy for program evaluation, and the LEAs' response to these provisions. Later sections argue that this is a good time to rethink evaluation requirements, that the current policy is less effective, and that performance assessments should be available for use in Chapter 1 programs. A final section discusses how to balance a program-specific array of instruments for evaluation. Included is a 12-item bibliography. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Compensatory Education, Course Content, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Grants, Measurement Techniques, Outcomes of Education, Policy Formation, Program Evaluation, School Districts
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1; Hawkins Stafford Act 1988