Jan 3, 2020 in Research

Educational Evaluation

Education evaluation is defined as the evaluation process undertaken in characterizing and appraising various aspects of an educational process. It is used by educational institutions to showcase the effectiveness of obtained data to the stakeholders or funders. This is an education evaluation of a middle school, which decided to have an extended day program. It sort to provide five additional minutes per school day for students to engage in core instructional priority activities. Such activities entailed reading, language, arts, mathematics, music and physical activities. The targeted populations are forty-eight-grade students and sixty-seventh-grade students. This essay shows the steps of the education evaluation plan used in order to develop the effectiveness of this program from a management perspective. 

 

Goals and Purpose of the Evaluation Report

The aim of this evaluation analysis is to determine the effectiveness and merits of introducing an extended day program in the middle school. The goals of the evaluation will be categorized as support program goals and management program goals. The first support program goal will be to determine the extent at which the extended program is meeting its pre-set goals. The second goal will be to determine the level of efficiency of the extended day program. The third goal will be to create adjustments and recommendations for the program to increase its effectiveness. The management program goal will be to provide the school’s teaching faculty with the right educational and instructional equipment for the new program upon request.

Components and Variables of the Extended Day Program

The chart below illustrates all the components and variables of the extended day program evaluation exercise. 

Community/ Home Factor

Parental Factor

School Board and Central Office Factor

Teachers and Classrooms Factor

Building Administration Factor

Student Factor

Availability of utilities.

Number of parents

Compensation policies

Qualification

Leadership style

Strength of language

Accessibility of technology at home.

Involvement in student’s education

Class size

Cultural sensitivity

The school climate established

Test-taking skills

Security in the region after sessions.

Work schedule

Instructional support

Teacher experience (new or veteran)

Encouragement of parental involvement

Socializing skills in the school

Access to transportation services

Number of other children at home

Finance availability

Use of technology

 

Academic motivation

 

Home language

Board ideology

Class management

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher preparation sources and quality

 

 

Data to Be Collected

The data to be collected in this education evaluation process will include interviews with parents, teachers, and administration department members. Surveys with a list of questions on the effectiveness of the extended day program will also be given to students, teachers and parents. Observations will also be made on classes by the education evaluation analysis team. They will check the performance levels of the one hundred, seventh and eighth-grade students as they attend various sessions of the extended day program. Ultimately, a review of the school’s documents and records regarding the extended day program will also be done by the evaluation team. 

Sources from Which Data Will Be Collected

The tabulation below shows the sources from where the data to be used in the education report will be obtained. It will also show the person responsible for collecting the data from the data sources. 

Data source

Person Responsible

Interview of parents

Plan Director

Interview with teachers

Plan Director

Interview of administrators

Plan Director

Issuance of surveys to teachers and parents

Evaluation Assistant

Issuance of surveys to students

Evaluation Assistant

Class observation

Evaluation coordinator

Review of documents and records

Plan manager

Submission of report

Plan manager

Methods of Collecting Data on Each Component

There are six components that were identified in this education evaluation process. The components were community and home factor, parental factor, school board and central office factor, teachers and classrooms factor, building administration factor and student factor. The components have different methods of collecting data. The chart below shows the evaluation models that will be used to collect data on each component of the extended day program evaluation process. 

Component

Model Used to Collect Data

Community and home factor

Systems model (CIPP).

Home factor

Performance budgeting and evaluation model.

Parental factor

Discrepancy evaluation model.

School board and central office factor

Goals and objective oriented model (MBO).

Teachers and classroom factor

Empowerment evaluation model/Constructivist Evaluation model

Building administration factor

System model (CIPP).

Student factor

Program model (PPBS).

 Determining the Funding of the Program

To determine whether the program is well funded or under-funded, an evaluation program budget should be created. The budget will include the compensation sums for all the persons coordinating the evaluation process and additional expenses likely to be incurred during the evaluation period. In this case, the persons that should be included in the budget are the planning director, evaluation assistant, evaluation coordinator and plan manager. Additional expenses likely to be incurred during the exercise are traveling expenses and stationery expenses. The summation of the value of all budget items can be compared with the available financial resources. This will help in determining whether the program is well funded or under-funded. 

Item

Cost (Per/Unit)

Total Cost

Cumulative Cost

Plan director

$ 5000

$ 5000

$ 5000

Evaluation assistant

$ 3000

$ 3000

$ 8000

Evaluation coordinator

$ 2500

$ 2500

$ 10500

Plan manager

$ 4500

$ 4500

$ 15000

Travelling expenses

$ 500

$ 500

$ 15500

Stationery expenses

$ 200

$ 200

$ 15700

Total

 

 

$ 15700

 Role of Parents and Other Community Members in the Evaluation

The chart below shows the role of parents and other community members in this evaluation process. 

Persons

Role

Parents

          Getting involved in student’s education life.

          Using good home language to motivate students to perform better in the lessons offered in the extended day program.

School board

          Offering sufficient financial resource to support the extended day program.

          Creating good compensation policies for all entities involved in the education evaluation exercise.

          Offering instructional support to the other faculty members offering lessons to students.

Teachers

          Ensuring good class management.

          Being cultural sensitive when dealing with students in the extended day program.

Building administrators

          Creating a good environment for the students to take their courses.

Other community members

          Ensuring that the environment is safe for learners who go home after the extended day program.

Time Period for the Completion of the Evaluation

The Gantt chart below shows the time period taken in order to complete the evaluation. The shaded region in each week will show the period in which the data will be collected. 

Gantt chart

Conclusion

Education evaluation is an important process that should be undertaken to evaluate newly implemented programs in the education curriculum. The evaluation is undertaken to determine whether the pre-set goals for an educational program have been attained. The evaluation analysis also determines the efficiency and effectiveness of the introduced program. From the evaluation report, recommendations and adjustments of the pre-set goals can be achieved.  

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