The SHEEO Collaborative Data Survey (SCDS), completed by SAHE grant administrators and collated by SHEEO staff, is designed to gather basic data elements about the SAHE Title II partnership grant programs from each state. Initiated through the suggestions of the Collaborative members in 2002, this survey was the manifestation of the will of the Collaborative to proactively address accountability in the SAHE grants program. While individual surveys are gathered from each state, the data presented in the reports have been aggregated to the national level.
The SCDS is divided into four sections. The first two sections request information about grants requested and dollars disbursed. Part A: Applications and Awards requests information about the numbers of grant applications received in response to the SAHE’s RFP (Request for Proposals), as well as the number of grants awarded, projects funded, and unfunded applications. Part B: Funds Disbursement requests information about the dollar amounts of grants requested, grants funded, and funds leveraged. The third and fourth sections of the survey request information about the populations served by the funded proposals. Part C: Grant Outcomes requests data on the individuals served through the SAHE partnership projects. Part D: Contact Hours requests information on the number of contact hours per participant and the number of months over which that contact took place.
The survey is a work in progress: it has evolved over time, and will continue to evolve in response to both the requests of the Collaborative and any arising accountability needs. Collaborative members have requested a greater focus on qualitative items in the survey to demonstrate the real progress these grants allow in high-need districts and schools in the states. SHEEO continues to expand the survey each year to include more of these elements in a way that both facilitates the gathering of data by the administrators, and provides some concrete, helpful information upon analysis and reporting by the SHEEO staff.
- SHEEO Collaborative Data Survey (SCDS) 2010
- SCDS Report for Year 5 (2006-2007), Year 6 (2007-2008) and Year 7 (2008-2009)
- SCDS Report for Year 4 (2005-2006) and Year 5 (2006-2007)
- SCDS Report for Year 3 (2004-2005) and Year 4 (2005-2006)
- SCDS Report for Year 1 (2002-2003) and Year 2 (2003-2004)
The U.S. Department of Education monitors the grants disbursed through the NCLB Title II, Part A funds via separate Monitoring Surveys for the State Education Agency (SEA), the State Agency of Higher Education (SAHE), and the Local Education Agency (LEA) involved in the grants. However, since USDOE Monitoring Surveys are designed to be used for regulatory purposes, they provide only minimal information about the content of state grant programs. Data collected through these Monitoring Surveys are published on the Department’s website by state.
Prior to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), SAHE partnership grants were funded through a Federal initiative known as the Eisenhower Professional Development Program (for a history of program funding, visit the Mission and History section of the About the Collaborative page of this website). In 1999, a national evaluation of the Eisenhower program was conducted, and the results reported in a publication from the Department of Education. The report aims to:
- provide information about how the program is operating and how it might be strengthened upon reauthorization;
- contribute more generally to knowledge about professional development; and
- gauge the extent to which federal support for professional development of teachers enhances the quality of teaching practice in the nation’s schools.
The full report is available in PDF form through the link below.