ERIC Number: ED495323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Finding the Story Behind the Numbers: A Tool-Based Guide for Evaluating Educational Programs
Cox, James B.
In this book, educational consultant James Cox offers a smarter way to look at data, putting test scores in context, not in isolation. Rather than focusing on last year's findings for school improvement, educators can learn how to evaluate the processes and practices that lead to those data by using a user-friendly, three-pronged framework for school improvement: teacher quality, program elements, and leadership. This concise, practical guide offers easy-to-use tools and techniques for schools and districts to evaluate their programs using both quantiative and qualitative data. School leaders will learn to look at data, program evaluation, and school improvement differently and discover how to effectively: (1) Define a quality program; (2) Analyze what is and is not working; and (3) Avoid "test score fatigue." Packed with worksheets, step-by-step instructions, and an extensive appendix of tools, this book provides readers with a complete improvement plan to put into action today! After the Preface, Acknowledgments, Author's Note and About the Author, this book contains four chapters: (1) The Four Pillars of Program Quality; (2) Defining the Quality of an Educational Program; (3) Planning and Professional Development; and (4) Setting Your Improvement Plan in Motion. This book also includes the following: Resource A: Reproducible Tools, Resource B: Sources of Characteristics of Effective Teachers, References and a Index.
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Scores, Educational Improvement, Educational Testing, Data Interpretation, Leadership, Evaluation Methods, Professional Development, Program Development, Resources
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - General
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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