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Practice: Evaluate your outcomes to show your

program is making a difference


Key Action: Define a unique treatment

TOOL: Have We Clearly Defined Treatment Elements?

Purpose: When you can clearly define the unique elements that comprise your magnet
program (what evaluators refer to as “treatment”), it sets the basis for more
effective evaluation. Without a clear understanding of your program activities
—what they are, how and to what extent they will be implemented—it will be
difficult to evaluate your desired outcomes.

Instructions: 1. Use the table to document which key program elements you have defined
in your magnet schools, and which need to be better defined.

2. Make a plan for completing the definition of program elements.

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Practice: Evaluate your outcomes to show your
program is making a difference
Key Action: Define a unique treatment

Have We Clearly Defined Treatment Elements?

Magnet Program Element Yes, No, element Comments/Notes


element is needs to be
clearly better defined
defined
What is the program content? (e.g., science)

What instructional methods are used in the


program? (e.g., inquiry)
What curriculum materials are being used in the
program? (type or brand)
To what extent is there an integrated
curriculum? Which content areas are
integrated?
How much program-related instruction time do
students receive?
How much professional development do
teachers and administrators receive?
What is the content of professional
development? (e.g., curriculum content,
multicultural approaches)
What recruitment activities are undertaken?

What is the target population for recruitment?


(e.g., age, prior achievement levels, other
relevant characteristics)