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ERIC Number: ED361387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May-7
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Testimony Presented to the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (Washington, D.C.).
Rivera, Charlene
The utility of the proposed Program Evaluation Standards to educational practitioners, and the adequacy of some of the standards in addressing issues in evaluation in culturally and linguistically educational environments are discussed, drawing on the author's experience as Director of the Evaluation Assistance Center East in Arlington (Virginia). As it stands, the proposed document is well written and generally clear, but it may be too long and complex for some potential users. The standards as they are written will certainly confirm and support good practices in the evaluation of bilingual education programs. Six are worthy of particular comment. Utility Standard 1 addresses the audience for the standards, and it is recommended that it should mention language minority groups explicitly. With regard to Utility Standard 5, Report Clarity, and Utility Standard 6, the standard on report dissemination, it is again imperative that language minorities be mentioned specifically. Concern for those of limited English proficiency must be built into Propriety Standard 3, Rights of Human Subjects, and Propriety Standard 6, Disclosure of Findings. In a similar way, Accuracy Standard 5, Valid Measurement, should encompass a positive guideline that enjoins evaluators to consider all relevant characteristics of respondents, including language proficiency. (Contains 3 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A