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Research and Reform [microform] : Stories of Structure, Strategy and Suspense / Emerson J. Elliott
Bib ID 5573360
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
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Elliott, Emerson J
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1994 
20 p. 
Summary

This paper offers examples of the ways in which research influences national policies related to assessment and program evaluation. It describes an ongoing evaluation being conducted by the National Academy of Education (NAE) of the "Trial State Assessment," a piece of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). At this interim stage, the NAE study has been well received by Congress and other audiences because the NAE panel: (1) covered the topics requested by Congress; (2) did its homework; (3) comported itself impartially; (4) provided clearly written results; (5) observed Washington etiquette regarding submission; and (6) briefed Congress personally. Any external evaluation group must guarantee impartial research, overcome Congressional distrust of researchers, resist pressure from contending parties, move from broad legislative objectives to specific researchable problems, and specify deadlines and formats for clear reporting. A conclusion is that researchers can strongly influence national policy when they have evidence for their conclusions; their work deals with problems faced by policymakers; and they clearly state their conclusions. Appendices contain pertinent legislation from the General Education Provisions Act, a list of studies completed by the NAE evaluation panel, and topics of NAE research. (LMI)

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ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994). Appendices contain smudged print and may not reproduce well.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Blue Ribbon Commissions.  |  Educational Assessment.  |  Educational Policy.  |  Educational Research.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Federal Programs.  |  Policy Formation.  |  Program Evaluation.  |  Research Committees.  |  Theory Practice Relationship.
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.  |  Opinion Papers.
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