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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!

Administering the Evaluation
Administering the evaluation

A program evaluation can be fairly complex. The logistics can be overwhelming at times, time schedules can place a burden on all who are involved, budgets need to be watched, and colleagues will need supervision and guidance. Then there are the politics of the school, interpersonal relationships to nurture, the communication needs of participants, ethical considerations, and, of course, the unforeseen. Dealing with all of this takes a well-organized person or group and a good management plan. It also takes some flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, and a sense of humor. This is no small order.

Developing a Management Plan for the Evaluation

In Chapter 3, details of a science program evaluation were worked out on a set of sample worksheets (Figure 2.2). ...

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