ERIC Number: ED359269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Serving Different Masters: Title VII Evaluation Practice and Policy. Volume I--Final Report.
Hopstock, Paul; And Others
A study was conducted to review local Title VII evaluation and improvement practices, focusing on local Transitional Bilingual Education and Special Alternative Projects. This final report summarizes the findings of the study, and includes a separate report on 18 case studies of evaluation systems of local Title VII grantees. The study reviewed the applications and reports of 200 Title VII projects and conducted a mail survey of directors and evaluators of all 655 projects funded in that fiscal year, followed by 18 case studies. It is concluded that the purposes and audiences of the program evaluations have not been clearly articulated by the ED and there has been no clear description of how the evaluations should be integrated or prioritized. Few of the many possible uses are being realized, so that reports are not being used in systematic evaluations at a higher level. Findings concentrate on: (1) purposes and uses of evaluations; (2) evaluation of implementation and student outcomes; (3) the quality and cost of evaluations; (4) qualifications of evaluators; and (5) evaluation assistance. Program options for the Federal Government are suggested, relating to the conduct and use of the evaluations. The report contains four tables of evaluation details. Appendix 1 presents the survey results, with 54 tables of responses from directors and evaluators. Appendix 2 is the summary of case findings from the 18 case studies. (SLD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Case Studies, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Federal Programs, Government Role, Mail Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII