Posted on: May 17, 2001 at 3:22 PM
Mark piqued my curiosity with his comment that "trying to evaluate [LSCs] in terms of student achievement is conceptually wrong and a fatally flawed endeavor," particularly in light of the fact that all newer LSCs are now mandated to prepare "Student Assessment Plans."
As Mark hints, the case for sustainability would be easier to make (at least with some audiences) if we had evidence of improvements in student acievement. I certainly appreciate the danger of measuring the wrong things, and I appreciate that the signal we hope to detect might be dwarfed by zillions of factors unrelated to a particular program. Aren't we better off, however, in this "age-of-accountability" to be able to demonstrate that we are at least TRYING to measure an impact on students?