ERIC Number: ED445403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Whole-School Reform Efforts: A Guide for District and School Staff. Second Edition.
Yap, Kim; Aldersebaes, Inge; Railsback, Jennifer; Shaughnessy, Joan; Speth, Timothy
This guidebook provides evaluation assistance to district and school staff. It was published in response to the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) Program, passed by Congress in 1997 to provide incentives and support for low-performing, high-poverty schools. CSRD is an attempt to ensure that schools conduct evaluation of whole-school reform efforts in a way that provides valid and useful information for accountability and program improvement. The guide does not examine the philosophical underpinnings of evaluation issues. Rather, it provides guideposts that district and school staff can consider in choosing an approach to evaluating their school-reform efforts. It is intended for use by school staff at sites that have stated goals for student achievement and have already decided on one or more comprehensive strategies for reaching their goals. The text is arranged in a "train the trainer" format and is organized so as to assist in the design of a professional-development workshop. The book focuses on implementation evaluation and impact evaluation. Various design samples are also included to help schools customize their evaluation efforts. Each chapter includes handouts, small-group activities, transparency masters, and step-by-step instructions for creating an effective evaluation. A list of print and online resources appears in the back. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.