ERIC Number: ED456124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Washington Assessment Professional Development Program Evaluation Results.
Arter, Judith A.
This is a compilation of the Executive Summaries from several documents: "Professional Development District Team Survey Results" (July 1997), "CSL Assessment Training Survey Results" (January 1999), "CSL Assessment Professional Development Evaluation Additional Data Analysis of District Surveys" (February 1999); "1998-99 CSL Assessment Site Visit Results" (June 1999); "1998-99 CSL Assessment District Contact Interview Results" (September 1999); and "The Washington Professional Development Program in Assessment Literacy, Final Report" (May 2000). The Washington Assessment Professional Development Program was designed to promote the effective use of high-quality state and classroom assessments throughout the state of Washington. Since 1995, Assessment Training Centers have operated in intermediate service districts and other already established entities in Washington. The professional development model emphasized pass-through training of trainers and locally situated collaborative learning teams. The program depended on several formal and informal means of gathering information to evaluate its processes and impact. These included: (1) standard evaluation forms completed at workshops; (2) records of numbers and types of services; (3) ongoing informal collection of data; and (4) two formal evaluations of program impact in 1996-1997 and 1998-1999. In the 1996-1997 evaluation, paper-and-pencil surveys were sent to 11 Assessment Center directors, 66 staff members, more than 247 assessment contacts, and 370 principals. From responses on these surveys, 20 training contacts were chosen for telephone interviews in the 1998-1999 evaluation. Site visits were conducted during both evaluations. Results of both evaluations indicate that the program has a large volume of training materials that both the Center and school district teams found very useful. Overall, the teams were pleased with the services they were provided. The "pass-through" training did not work as well as specifying the goals for training and allowing the Center teams to develop their own workshops and service delivery methods. It was also found that educators need to see lots of sample assessments that are aligned with state standards, and that changes in classroom practice require support from administrators. Recommendations for program improvement were made based on the findings from both evaluations. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Washington