Improving Educational Evaluation and Policy Making

As with all evaluations, improving educational evaluation is broken down into steps. When the goals of the policy are established, they must be established to be attainable and to meet within the guidelines of the districts or state’s ability to sustain them. When creating goals, the policy makers must have a clear idea of what they are trying to achieve. When the policy is evaluated, the goals are the rubrics for the success or failure of the policy. The weak and strong points can be identified and new goals can be established to readdress the issue until it is valid (Isbell Hagar, 2009).

Cooper, Fusarelli, and  Randall (2004) present electronic systems as a way to improve educational evaluation. Using the internet to share data and information online is a great way to make sure all the stakeholders have all the information they need to make informed decisions in the implementation of educational policies. Data about demographics, grades, and over all student achievement can let the public know if a policy is failing or is succeeding. The evaluation process will be easier to understand for all parties involved.

These authors also suggest cross-level alignment and incorporating better evaluations with higher standards. With cross-level alignment, federal and state officials are setting standards and requiring that certain test result benchmarks be met. This is increasing the partnership capacity and allowing the standards to be more aligned between states. The goals that are set in today’s educational system is usually met, therefore state and federal policy makers are increasing the standards and refining the evaluation processes. With better processes come better policy.

Cooper, B., Fusarelli, L., & Randall, E. (2004) Better Policies, BetterSchools: Theories and Applications. Pearson Publications. Retrieved on July 6, 2009 from electronic text book.

Isbell Hagar, L (2009) Week four lecture notes. Retrieved on July 13, 2009 from University of Phoenix classroom material thread.


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