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Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1979
The back-to-basics movement and public demands for educational quality guarantees have led state education agencies (SEA's) to examine their options in four areas: definition of the basics, relevant curricular and programming alternatives, alternatives for evaluating achievement of basics-related goals, and methods of reporting achievements to the…
Descriptors: Back to Basics, Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Educational Assessment
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1979
Current public demands for increased educational quality can best be met at the state education agency (SEA) level, but the SEA is faced with the fact that no single, clearly acceptable definition of educational quality exists. As a result of this lack of consensus, the SEA must examine the policy options available before taking action. First,…
Descriptors: Agency Role, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1986
State educational policy-makers are showing increasing interest in using statewide educational assessment and evaluation programs (1) to evaluate student thinking skills and affective learning as well as traditional academic achievement, (2) to evaluate teachers at all stages of their careers, and (3) to assess the impact of school reform efforts.…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1985
When establishing statewide and nationally comparable educational evaluation and assessment systems, state education agencies (SEAs) must consider factors affecting policy in at least four areas. First, the full range of purposes for establishing such a system should be clarified. It must be decided whether the system exists to provide data for…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Data Interpretation, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1985
State education agencies are in increasing agreement regarding the basic principles that should underlie state educational assessment programs, though some areas of divergent opinion remain. The agencies generally accept the ideas that comparisons between states will be made, that assessment programs should serve multiple purposes, that meaningful…
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Educational Assessment, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy
Hansen, Kenneth H. – 1985
Many strategy options are open to state education agencies interested in developing statewide programs to support and guide local school improvement efforts. Agencies can focus on instructional improvement, more general school improvement, improvement of the curricular program, or changes in educational structures. Factors influencing which of…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education