Evaluation Standards – Count Up or Cross Off?

This week in EPSY 474 we looked at a case example of an evaluation. It involved a state board of education selecting outside evaluators and a panel of experts to bring the evaluators up to speed.

We all found that the evaluation was good in some ways and bad in others. It made me wonder about real life evaluations and using the program standards as a political tool to rate the evaluation.

If there is a group that has an interest in the evaluation looking bad then there are going to be certain standards that are going to look week. On the flip side a group that “likes” the outcome of the evaluation can argue many standards were met.

The list of standards is a wonderful tool to use when creating and executing an evaluation but I fear that they can easily be used afterwards to argue the validity of the evaluation.

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