Developing a special education accountability framework using program evaluation

Accountability has been at the forefront of standards-based educational reform. Yet, as new-age accountability is upon us, driven in the vehicle of large-scale assessment by policy decisions, research indicates that within these accountability systems are organizational and technical barriers to educational improvement. What is presented in this article is a local-level accountability framework focused on special education programs in the context of a large, predominantly urban school district in Southern Ontario.

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A Comprehensive Evaluation Model for Organizational Development

Most organizations implement evaluation studies to determine how to improve a program or to decide if a program should be continued. However, evaluation can be used to help organizations make relevant and valid decisions for the cycle of program planning, development, implementation, and operation. This article describes a "comprehensive evaluation model" used at Sacred Heart Child and Family Centre,' Toronto, Ontario, that provides a framework for understanding the importance of evaluation activities within all program phases.

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