ERIC Number: ED528800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
An Illustrative Case Study of the Heuristic Practices of a High-Performing Research Department: Toward Building a Model Applicable in the Context of Large Urban Districts
Munoz, Marco A.; Rodosky, Robert J.
Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (NJ1), Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Research in Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE) National Evaluation Institute (2011)
This case study provides an illustration of the heuristic practices of a high-performing research department, which in turn, will help build much needed models applicable in the context of large urban districts. This case study examines the accountability, planning, evaluation, testing, and research functions of a research department in a large urban school system. The mission, structural organization, and processes of research and evaluation are discussed in light of current demands in the educational arena. The case study shows how the research department receives requests for data, research, and evaluation from inside and outside of the educational system, fulfilling its mission to serve the informational needs of different stakeholders (local, state, federal). Four themes related to a school district research department are discussed: (1) basic contextualization, (2) deliverables of work, (3) structures and processes, and (4) concluding reflections about implications for policy, theory, and practice. Topics include the need for having an evaluation model and the importance of having professional standards that guarantees the trustworthiness of data, research, and evaluation information. The multiple roles and functions associated with supplying data for educational decision making is highlighted.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Heuristics, Information Services, Case Studies, School Districts, Departments, Accountability, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Information Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Theories, Standards, Decision Making, Educational Practices, Formative Evaluation, Management Systems, Summative Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Data Analysis, Student Evaluation, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE)