U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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Regional Technology in education Consortia (R*TECs)

Goal 8: To improve teaching and learning by providing technical assistance and development for the effective use of educational technology.
Objective 1 of 1: PROMOTE EFFECTIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND THE LEVERAGING AND COORDINATION OF OTHER RESOURCES.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 1: Recipients of R*TEC products, services and information--particularly those representing under-served schools: at least 85% of recipients (individuals or agencies) of the R*TEC services and products--including those developed and produced through the Consortia, collaboration among R*TECs, and strategic alliances--will indicate that these products and services are of high quality and meet their needs.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of R*TEC Clients who agree or strongly agree that R*TEC services are:
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
High quality-Services Relevant to needs-Services
High quality-Services Relevant to needs-Services
2000
86 82
85 85
2001
86 83
85 85

Percentage of R*TEC Clients who agree or strongly agree that R*TEC products are:
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
High quality Relevant to needs
High quality Relevant to needs
2000
89 79
85 85
2001
83 82
85 85
Status: Unable to judge. FY 2001 data show the target exceeded with respect to quality of services. Although there was improvement in services and products relative to needs, the target was not met. Ratings for the quality of products went down.

Explanation: FY 2001 ratings of services are based on nearly 1246 surveys from nine of the ten R*TECs; ratings of products are based on 1401 surveys from four R*TECs.  
Additional Source Information: Final Program Performance Report, FY 2001 data were submitted from 9 of the 10 RTECs and represent baseline measures for the 10 RTECs that received awards in FY 2000, including 6 new grantees.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: November 2002.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by individual R*TEC projects, through the work of external evaluators hired by the projects. No formal validation procedure was applied.

Limitations: The program faces two distinct challenges in collecting reliable data. One is the lack of completely external sources of data on program performance (data are collected by the project evaluators). The other is that there are slight variations in data collection practices and procedures across projects. In FY2000, the Department began external evaluation activities to develop common goals, objectives, indicators, and definitions to ensure greater consistency of data across the R*TECs; and to validate data collected and reported by project evaluators. 

Improvements: In FY2002, projects will attempt to capture more direct measures of impact on planning, policy, and instructional practice resulting from technical assistance and professional development. Additionally, an external survey of State Technology Coordinators is planned.

 

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