In an evaluation of the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers, a sample of Center projects were rated by their clients to be on average 3.94 for relevance and 3.70 for usefulness on a scale of 1 to 5, A panel of experts rated their technical quality to be on average 3.34.
NCEE released an interim report on the congressionally mandated evaluation of the centers, a federally funded program that provides technical assistance to states to implement provisions of NCLB through 16 Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs) and 5 Content Centers (CCs).
This interim report addresses the first of the evaluation's three rounds of data collection pertaining to the Comprehensive Centers' work from July 2006 through June 2007. The evaluation was designed as a multi-year study examining the Center program as a whole.
Descriptions of Center operations were drawn from Center management plans, documentation from each Center, and site visit interviews with staff from each Center. Senior state education agency administrators were surveyed to assess how the work of the Centers met states' technical assistance needs and priorities. The technical quality of Center assistance was assessed by expert panel review of a sample of projects. Surveys were administered to project participants to obtain client views of the relevance and usefulness of the Center technical assistance across the same sample of projects.
Other findings include: