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

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Comprehensive Centers Program - 2003

CFDA Number: 84.283A - Comprehensive Regional Assistance Centers Program


Goal 8: To assist Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) recipients in improving teaching and learning for all children, particularly children at risk of education failure
Objective 8.1 of 1: Provide high-quality comprehensive technical assistance to states, territories, tribes, school districts, and schools that help students reach high academic standards.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Addressing legislative priorities: 80% of comprehensive center customers served will be schoolwide programs, high-poverty schools, and Bureau of Indian Affairs-funded schools.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Comprehensive Center customers (in percentages)
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
  Schoolwide Programs High-poverty schools, non-schoolwide programs BIA Schools TOTAL Schoolwide Programs High-poverty schools, non-schoolwide programs BIA Schools TOTAL
1998 50 12 4 66       80
1999 44 30 3 77       80
2000 59 26 2 89       80
2001 44 43 3 89       80
2002 52 34 1 87       80
2003               80


Explanation: Although the target of 80% was exceeded in 2000, the target is still an appropriate one. In addition to serving the targeted customers identified in indicator 1.1, a significant level of Comprehensive Centers effort is also directed to providing support to other customers, including State agencies, local school districts, and intermediate school units. The ESEA also requires that the Comprehensive Centers provide TA for educators serving all children, including special populations.  
Additional Source Information: Comprehensive Centers (CC) performance reports, including Data Tables.

Frequency: Semi-Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: October 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data are available semi-annually-June 2003 and October 2003. Data supplied by project's uniform reporting system. No formal verification procedure applied to data collection, but data analysis validated by outside contractor.

Limitations: Self-reported project-level data have been analyzed with assistance of an outside contractor. Improvement in the uniform data collection system has resulted in more valid data being reported.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Showing impact with customers: Participants in center activities report that they have incorporated information or skills they have learned from the Centers activities into their work.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of school-based participants
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999 72  
2001 71 75
2003   75

Percentage of State and district administrators
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001 82  
2003   83


Explanation: School-based respondents (primarily teachers and principals) are the targets for this indicator. In addition, 82% of state and local administrators reported that they incorporated something they learned from Centers into their own work, including providing assistance to others in support of federal programs.  
Additional Source Information: Comprehensive Center Customer survey.

Frequency: Biennially.
Collection Period: - 2003
Data Available: September 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Improvements: Customer surveys are legislatively required every two years.

 

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