ERIC Number: ED375688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Assessing Success in Family Literacy Projects: Alternative Approaches To Assessment & Evaluation. Language in Education Theory & Practice 85.
Holt, Daniel D., Ed.
A discussion of family literacy projects focuses on alternatives to traditional methods of program evaluation. In the first chapter, the distinction between standardized and alternative assessments is clarified and the special evaluation needs of family literacy projects are highlighted. The remainder of the handbook is intended to help program staff members design and implement appropriate alternative approaches to assessment. Each chapter addresses a different aspect of assessment and evaluation. Chapter 2 contains a model for integrating program planning, implementation, and evaluation activities. Chapter 3 addresses initial assessment, including needs assessment, intake, and placement, suggesting strategies for using these to yield accurate baseline information. The fourth chapter describes how alternative approaches can be used to document learners' progress toward instructional objectives, and the fifth chapter suggests uses for surveys, performance samples, focus groups, and observation techniques to measure and demonstrate progress toward program goals. The final chapter describes the process used in designing and field testing this handbook, using the planning model presented earlier and offering methods for refining the project in question. A glossary is included. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Classroom Observation Techniques, English (Second Language), Family Literacy, Family Programs, Holistic Approach, Interviews, Literacy Education, Measurement Techniques, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Sampling, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Surveys, Teaching Guides
Delta Systems Co., Inc., 1400 Miller Pkwy, McHenry, IL 60050.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.; Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.; Delta Systems Inc., McHenry, IL.