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Achieve lasting educational benefits through masterfully administered school program evaluations!

The annual process of evaluating school programs raises a legitimate question: how to implement quality program evaluations that will not drain a school's resources, but instead help create a school culture that promotes inspired teaching and high academic achievement-and meets NCLB guidelines? In this updated edition of the bestselling text, authors James R. Sanders and Carolyn D. Sullins demonstrate how an effective program evaluation process can conserve resources while yielding substantial benefits for teachers, parents, students, and schools.

This user-friendly resource provides concise yet comprehensive coverage of school program evaluation through a highly regarded five-step program. Illustrated by examples and case studies, this approach is designed to help educators develop competence and confidence in program evaluation. Both practicing and aspiring educators can learn to:

Successfully manage logistical and scheduling problems; Strategically approach school politics, ethical considerations, and interpersonal relations; Comprehensively organize and analyze information regarding school programs; Effectively respond to the No Child Left Behind Act

Discover how to skillfully administer school evaluations that produce lasting educational results!

Focusing the Evaluation
Focusing the evaluation

It is not sufficient to state that evaluation can and should be a part of all school improvement activities. If responsibilities for evaluation are to be made clear, if evaluation findings are to be used, and if activities contributing to the evaluation are to be coordinated, you need to identify the specific elements of the school system that are to be evaluated.

Possible Focal Points for Evaluation

One school district created the following list of school functions that might be assessed or evaluated:1

  • Program needs: to establish program goals and objectives
  • Individual needs: to provide insights about the instructional needs of individual learners
  • Resource allotment: to provide guidance in setting priorities for budgeting
  • Processes or strategies for providing services to learners: to provide insights about how ...
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