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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Program Evaluation

The hardest question to answer in public education may be how well a policy change has worked. Policy makers, researchers, educators, and the public may pin big hopes on changes in governance, new programs and policies, or other initiatives, but it’s not always clear what data will best show whether they had the intended effects. BOTA studies have explored the challenges of program evaluation in the context of national testing programs as well as an urban school district, offering guidance for using available data and shaping data collection in the future.



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