ERIC Number: ED434403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Excellence: A Guide for Studying the Middle Level School.
National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
This volume is the third in a projected six-volume series called "Agenda for Excellence at the Mid-Level." It describes a process that school administrators can use to conceptualize, plan, execute, and utilize the results of a school assessment, allowing them to take a snapshot of their school. It outlines a set of alternative procedures to be used to assess the middle-level school so that judgments can be made about the way the school is operating and whether it is achieving desired outcomes. The text proposes a process not only for conducting the assessment, but for making judgments about the findings and turning those judgments into action plans. The process itself is designed to make use of existing, internal resources and does not require, or even recommend, the use of external systems or consultants. It outlines the purposes of evaluation and describes an evaluation model, providing an example of that model. It looks at prepared evaluation systems and provides insights on data analysis and interpretation. It shows how to make use of questions and analytical frameworks and how to deal with unanticipated findings. It also discusses recommendations to make following the evaluation, notes on disseminating the results, and pitfalls to avoid. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Note: For the first two books in the series, see ED 263 679 and ED 292 209.