An Introduction to Program Evaluation for Classroom Teachers
PCPID Historical Highlight
Evaluation is a tool which can be used to help teachers judge whether a curriculum or instructional approach is being implemented as planned, and to assess the extent to which stated goals and objectives are being achieved. It allows teachers to answer the questions:
Are we doing for our students what we said we would? Are students learning what we set out to teach? How can we make improvements to the curriculum and/or teaching methods?
The goals of this document are to introduce teachers to basic concepts within evaluation. A glossary of terms is provided at the end of the document which provides definitions of terms and references to additional sources of information on the World Wide Web.
Uses of Evaluation for Local Program Improvement
Curriculum and instruction must be reformed to promote higher-order thinking by all students; Authority and decision making should be decentralized in order to allow schools to make the most educationally important decisions; New staff roles must be developed so that teachers may work together to plan and develop school reforms; and Accountability systems must clearly associate rewards and incentive to student performance at the skills-building level.
Read the full document at An Introduction to Program Evaluation for Classroom Teachers - November 1996.