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ERIC Number: ED414282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 36
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Lessons Learned in the Evaluation of Statewide Systemic Initiatives.
Bruckerhoff, Charles
This paper presents a report of research on the evaluation of systemic reform of education in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET), focusing on the Statewide Systemic Initiatives (SSIs) that have been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 1991. The main purpose of the study was to develop recommendations for the future evaluations of SSIs. Additional goals were: to determine the most important elements of systemic initiatives that must be captured in the process of evaluation, to indicate why these elements are important, and to suggest ways or means of capturing them. The methodology involved interviews with evaluators of systems initiatives, principal investigators, and officials at NSF. There were 19 participants. The principal findings are that: (1) the NSF should be commended for supporting the systemic reform of SMET; (2) either the field of evaluation will encompass the evaluation of systemic reform as a subset or an entirely new field will emerge; (3) the need to evaluate massive SSIs has led to serious management issues at NSF; (4) systemic reform of education has yet to develop a clear and consistent language for alignment of values, policies, and practices while accommodating and coordinating local, state, and federal interests; and (5) the future evaluation of the statewide systemic reform of SMET must show that measurable achievement gains have been realized by the intended audience, especially historically disadvantaged students. The paper includes recommendations based on the analysis of data. An appendix presents interview questions for the study. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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