ERIC Number: ED439393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide for Evaluating a Reading or Language Arts Program.
Farr, Roger; Greene, Beth
This guide is an evaluation that can help one answer relevant questions about improving a reading or language arts program such as: Are there changes that need to be made? Is a stronger commitment needed to strengths identified in the program? and Are specific resources needed to make it more successful? The manual points out that if an improved program is wanted, it is imperative that it be examined inclusively--beyond just reading the scores from tests administered. Following an overview, the text is organized into sections for each of the steps in the evaluation process: Step 1: Clarifying what it is that you and others want to know; Step 2: Deciding where and how to get the information--targeting the data; Step 3: Designing and conducting the study--implementing the evaluation; and Step 4: Reporting to the people who need to know what you have found. These are four major activities one can pursue in planning an evaluation. The suggestions offered for planning an effective assessment might seem sequential but they should be interwoven in a way that allows each decision made, in planning the evaluation, to inform others. These four activities may seem linear, but, in reality, the general steps proposed are interactive, similar to the language abilities that are most likely to develop from this program evaluation. (Contains a 17-item annotated bibliography and planning worksheets.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Language Arts, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Student Evaluation
Indiana Education Policy Center, Smith Center for Research in Education, Suite 170, 2805 E. 10th St, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698. Tel: 812-855-1240; Web site: http://www.indiana.edu/~iepc/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Education Policy Center.; Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Center for Innovation in Assessment.