ERIC Number: ED373426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Research and Reform: Stories of Structure, Strategy and Suspense.
Elliott, Emerson J.
This paper offers examples of the ways in which research influences national policies related to assessment and program evaluation. It describes an ongoing evaluation being conducted by the National Academy of Education (NAE) of the "Trial State Assessment," a piece of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). At this interim stage, the NAE study has been well received by Congress and other audiences because the NAE panel: (1) covered the topics requested by Congress; (2) did its homework; (3) comported itself impartially; (4) provided clearly written results; (5) observed Washington etiquette regarding submission; and (6) briefed Congress personally. Any external evaluation group must guarantee impartial research, overcome Congressional distrust of researchers, resist pressure from contending parties, move from broad legislative objectives to specific researchable problems, and specify deadlines and formats for clear reporting. A conclusion is that researchers can strongly influence national policy when they have evidence for their conclusions; their work deals with problems faced by policymakers; and they clearly state their conclusions. Appendices contain pertinent legislation from the General Education Provisions Act, a list of studies completed by the NAE evaluation panel, and topics of NAE research. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994). Appendices contain smudged print and may not reproduce well.