Evaluating Programs to Increase Student Achievement, Second Edition, provides school leaders with practical guidelines and tools to evaluate the effectiveness of school programs. Using reader-friendly terms, the author thoroughly discusses the steps of the evaluation process so that practitioners of all experience levels and backgrounds will gain a solid conceptual foundation, and can plan and carry out program evaluations.
The revised edition includes:
-Additional examples to illustrate the program evaluation process
-An expanded discussion of the principal's role in the project
-A facilitator's guide for team leaders
Foreword by Cozette Buckney Acknowledgments Preface 1. Perspectives on Program Evaluation Overview How Program Evaluation Contributes to School Improvement Benefits of Site-Based Program Evaluation Goals of Program Evaluation Two Evaluation Methods Assessing Program Processes Linking Evaluation With Program Improvement A Concluding Note Chapter Highlights 2. How Program Evaluation Contributes to a Learning Organization Overview The Spirit of a Learning Organization The School as a Learning Organization Reflective Practice Linking the Parts of the School Organization for Improved Performance Applying a Systems Approach to Increase Student Achievement A Concluding Note Chapter Highlights 3. Using Program Evaluation to Improve the Curriculum - A Developmental Approach Overview Compatible Evaluation Methods The Problem of Confounding Internal Validity Some Further Threats to Internal Validity A Concluding Note Chapter Highlights 4. An Experimental Approach for Evaluating Programs Overview Internal Validity-A Review Building Control Into an Experiment Random Assignment Experimental Designs Deciding Whether to Use One or Two Groups in an Evaluation Study External Validity A Concluding Note Chapter Highlights 5. Program Evaluation Through Collaboration Overview Why Have an Evaluation Team? Team Composition Factors for Principals to Consider in Establishing the Evaluation Team Forming an Evaluation Team The Team in Operation A Concluding Note Chapter Highlights 6. Measuring Program Outcomes Overview Quantitative and Qualitative Data Comprehensive Evaluation Validity and Reliability of Evaluation Data Validity Reliability Perspectives on Authentic Assessment A Concluding Note Chapter Highlights 7. The Evaluation Process: Phases 1, 2, and 3 Overview Phase 1-Describing the Program Phase 2-Providing Direction for the Evaluation Phase 3-Obtaining Information to Answer Evaluation Questions Chapter Highlights 8. The Evaluation Process: Phases 4, 5, and 6 Overview Phase 4-Analyzing Data to Assess a Program's Impact Phase 5-Evaluating the Program's Effectiveness and Offering Recommendations for Its Future Development Phase 6-Writing the Evaluation Report Chapter Highlights 9. Writing the Evaluation Report Overview Format and Content What the Evaluation Report Represents Chapter Highlights 10. Assessing the Evaluation Project Overview Purposes of Metaevaluation Formative Metaevaluation Summative Metaevaluation A Concluding Note Chapter Highlights 11. Revisiting the Principal's Leadership Role in Program Evaluation Overview The Multidimensional Responsibilities of the Principal in Program Evaluation Attitudes of Principals Toward Assessing Programs Beyond the Technical Principals' Self-Assessment A Concluding Note Chapter Highlights Appendix. A Mini-Guide for the Evaluation Team Leader References Index