Volume 9, Issue 3 (1980)
STEPPS: A Model for the Evaluation of School Psychological Services
ABSTRACT: Evaluation should be an integral part of the services provided by school psychologists to assure that exceptional children are receiving appropriate services, and in order to ascertain the efficacy of school psychological services. Most school psychologist practitioners are interested in self-evaluation and program evaluation, yet many do not engage in evaluation efforts because they are unfamiliar with the evaluation process and evaluation methods. In order to assist school psychologists in their evaluative endeavors, the STEPPS model is presented. The STEPPS model, a Systematic, Total Evaluative Process for Psychological Services, is outlined for practitioners to use as a framework when conducting school-based evaluations. Various considerations that affect evaluation manageability are discussed, and the model’s applicability is highlighted through the presentation of a practical example.STEPPS is a generic model that is applicable to a wide range of evaluation concerns.Although the emphasis is upon comprehensive evaluation of all services, the model allows for less comprehensive evaluation efforts while the practitioner develops evaluation skills and before enlarging the scope of the evaluation.
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