ERIC Number: ED369246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-10
A Forum To Examine Policy and Practice Issues Surrounding the Annual Evaluation of Program Effectiveness (Alexandria, Virginia, August 2-3, 1993). Project FORUM.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This monograph summarizes outcomes of a forum addressing strategies to improve special education program evaluation efforts and orient policymakers, administrators, and advocates to the benefits of program evaluation as an integral part of program improvement. The forum also addressed barriers restricting evaluation of program effectiveness including resource allocation, the lack of technical assistance, and methodological issues. Prior to the meeting, forum participants were sent three background papers to examine and asked for a list of issues in special education program evaluation. During the meeting a total of 92 issues were proposed and organized under seven broad cluster titles: (1) resources, (2) methodology, (3) conceptualization, (4) program improvement, (5) general education reform, (6) compliance monitoring, and (7) stakeholder needs (i.e., the purposes of evaluation). Priority solutions proposed included: development of student outcome measures that relate to those in general education, commitment to outcome variables as indicators of program effectiveness, and design of an evaluation system to meet the varying needs of stakeholders. Appendices include the participant list, the meeting agenda, forms and worksheets, and complete lists of issue clusters and proposed solutions. (DB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: For a related document, see ED 327 565.