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Basic Guide to Program Evaluation

This document provides basic guidance toward planning and implementing an evaluation process for your programs. This guide is an excellent source to help you understand the basic ingredients of program evaluation from types of program evaluation, methods to collect data, selecting the method to use, analyzing the data, and then carrying out the evaluation. Great aid if you're working on a grant application (e.g. EETT).

Building Trust Through Data

In this article TICAL cadre members Lisa Gonzales and Devin Vodicka provide suggestions on building trust and recommend free resources that can improve your efficiency and effectiveness in using data to improve teaching and learning. Originally published in the ACSA "Leadership" Magazine.

California High School Exit Exam Resources

This page contains important information regarding current information about the administration, and background of California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). You will also find links to teacher guides for subject areas of the test, as will as packets to assist schools, districts, and counties in reporting CHSEE information. There are also links to released exam items.

California STAR Test Results

Posted results for the various standardized tests that make up the STAR testing program. Scores are available by school and subject. Data can be searched for each school and county. Provides graphs and charts for subject matter and grade level results.

Classroom Walkthroughs and Observations In The Palm of Your Hand

In this TICALevision episode, Kenny Pennington, principal in Monticello School District in rural Monticello, Arkansas demonstrates how he uses a handheld computer while observing a computer/technology teacher at the high school. Kenny shares the process to quickly record observations and how he engages his teachers in a continual improvement process.

Conducting Focus Groups

Is a Focus Group the right solution for your information gathering need? Assembled by a PhD, this site provides valuable information about how to run a focus group, what goals can be achieved, and pitfalls to avoid.

Digitally Inclined Report (PDF)

Grunwald Associates LLC, with a grant from PBS, conducts an annual survey on educatorsí use of media and technology. PBS is sharing select findings from the 2009 survey conducted by Grunwald, which has been examining educatorsí media use for PBS since 2002, to provide information about both instructional needs and trends to education leaders, policymakers, and the media industry. This year's survey includes data collected from Pre-K educators for the first time.


EdSource provides policy makers, researchers, K-12 and college educators, the media, parents, and the general public with important foundation information about assessment, accountability, finance, standards, and other areas where school administrators need to stay current. The organization is non-profit and does not advocate or lobby.

How A Data-Driven Organization Deals With Aligning Assessment Measures to Local Standards (One of the greatest barriers to becoming a proactive Data-Driven Organization)

In this article Jim Cox explains how to determine whether or not an assessment tool and the curriculum being taught are actually aligned.

Just For The Kids-California (JFTK-CA) Presentation

Locating beneficial resources to help display data can be a daunting task. TICAL cadre member Sandra Miller shares many ways this free resource for California schools can display data and provide best practices. After viewing this presentation, you will be ready to use your site's data for key decision making.
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