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U.S. Department of Education Strategic Plan, 1998-2002 - September 1997


Appendix B: Descriptions of Program Evaluations and Other Studies


The Government Performance and Results Act requires agency strategic plans to describe the program evaluations used in establishing and revising general goals and objectives and a schedule for future program evaluations.

The Department has an active evaluation program, national statistical and assessment studies, and grantee/institution information systems to provide information supporting the strategic plan. Our studies and surveys provide information on student progress, education system improvement, the effects of specific programs and initiatives, financial aid, and the management of the Department. We also use data from other federal agencies' studies and surveys where available.

This section describes the key studies that will inform the implementation of goals and objectives in the Department's strategic plan, including providing data for the performance indicators. The table includes the study's title, what agency sponsors it and who carries it out, the sample population, the nature of the data collected, and when the data are or will be collected. It is grouped by evaluations, statistical and national assessment studies, grantee performance systems, and other studies. Within each section, studies are listed alphabetically by title.


Descriptions of Program Evaluations and Other Studies


Study or Data Collection Who sponsors?
Contractor or
grantee?
Who collected on? What collected? When collected?
(Years  collected, frequency)
Elementary and Secondary Education Program Evaluations
1. Baseline State Implementation Study (national evaluation of Title I, Goals 2000, and
other K-12 programs)
Planning and Evaluation Service (PES)

Contractor:Policy Studies
Associates, Inc.

Federal program directors and state research or evaluation specialists in state education agencies Information on preliminary implementation of new provisions of state-administered Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) and Goals 2000 programs. Key issues will include standards development, assessment systems, technical assistance, and state supports for school improvement. Focus is on how legislative framework and federal resources are incorporated into the context of state school improvement efforts. 1996
2. Cross-cutting District Survey and Case Studies (national evaluation of local-level implemen-tation of programs authorized under ESEA and Goals 2000, with an emphasis on Title I) PES

Contractors: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., and Urban Institute, Inc.

District administrators of Federal ESEA and Goals 2000 programs This study is analyzing districts' efforts to support the implementation of ESEA programs--particularly Title I, and Goals 2000 within the context of state and local reforms. Particular attention will be paid to program governance, in addition to supports for effective instruction, and family/community partnerships. 1998
3. District Implementation Study (baseline national survey of local district implementation of federally-supported reforms through Goals 2000 and Title I) PES

Contractor: Urban Institute, Inc.

District administrators of Federal ESEA and Goals 2000 programs This study collected baseline information on districts' efforts to support the implementation of ESEA programs--particularly Title I, and Goals 2000 within the context of state and local reforms. 1997
4. Follow-Up State Implementation Study (Follow-up national evaluation of Title I, Goals 2000, and Other State-Administered Elementary/Secondary Programs) PES Federal program directors and state research or evaluation specialists in state education agencies Follow-up information on implementation of new provisions of ESEA programs and Goals 2000. Focus is on how legislative framework and federal resources are incorporated into the context of state school improvement efforts. Key issues will include standards development, assessment and accountability systems, technical assistance, and state supports for school improvement. 1998
5. Follow-Up Survey of Schools
(evaluation of standards-based reform, Title I and Goals 2000 supports for reform)
PES

Contractor: Westat, Inc.

Public school principals Information on understanding and implementation of state-established content and performance standards and Title I provisions supporting use of those standards. 1997
6. Implementation of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act (SDFSA) Program PES

Contractor: Westat, Inc.

National sample of LEAs Information on LEA implementation of the SDFSA program, including planning, uses of funds, evaluation, and goals and objectives. 1998 (may be repeated)
7. Longitudinal Evaluation of School Change and Performance (evaluation of the implementation impact of IASA on changing school systems and improving student performance) PES

Contractor: Westat, Inc.

80 schools in 20 moderate to high poverty school districts in 7 states Information on the implementation of Title I's reauthorization in teaching and learning, focusing on the curriculum and instruction enacted in classrooms, on student performance as measured by a nationally uniform instrument, and on how these change over time. Spring 1997, 1998, 1999
8. National Longitudinal Survey of Schools (evaluation of Title I in the context of standards-based reform) PES

Contract to be awarded 9/97

School principals, teachers, parents The national longitudinal survey of schools will examine how schools are implementing standards-driven improvements, with a particular focus on implementation of the new provisions in the Title I program supporting such improvements. The study will look at how schools use their outcome data to change classroom practice and how they measure progress continuously. 1998, 1999
9. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): State Analysis PES Secondary analysis of student assessment data on state assessments Comparison of performance on NAEP to performance on state assessments. 1997
10. Public School Surveys on Education Reform (baseline evaluation of standards-based reform and Title I supports for reform) PES and NCES

Contractor: Westat, Inc.

Public school principals and teachers These two surveys collected baseline data on principals' and teachers' perceptions of systemic education reform and the extent to which reform activities are being implemented in their schools. Both principals' and teachers' surveys focused on high standards for all students and alignment of curricula, instruction, textbooks, innovative technologies, and student assessment with these high standards. They also addressed parent involvement, information needs, and effective sources of information for principals and teachers. The teachers' survey also collects initial data about professional development. The principals' survey specifically addresses changes in Title I since reauthorization. 1996

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