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There are lessons to be learned from the reform initiatives that states, school districts, and schools have undertaken to date. To investigate these lessons, a collaborative 3-phase study was undertaken in 1998-2000 by a group of researchers associated with the 10 regional educational laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In the first phase of the study, researchers interviewed individuals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Findings from the more than 100 interviews show that states are aligning state assessment and accountability programs, focusing on instruction and professional development, working to involve all constituencies in the development and review of state standards, and reviewing state education reform policies and progress. Findings from case studies of 16 school districts involved in reform show that district-level reform efforts are focused on aligning district curriculum, instruction, and assessment to standards, while working to build the capacity of district staff, fostering relations with district stakeholders, and attending to the allocation of district resources. For the third phase of the study, 18 schools were selected that were recommended by district personnel as making significant progress toward reform goals. At the school level, lessons to be learned include the importance of approaching school reform systematically, creating collaborative school cultures, maintaining constant leadership, and monitoring student learning for school improvement. When all findings are examined, it becomes apparent that the implementation of education reform requires tremendous attention, activity, resources, and coordination across all levels of the system. (SLD)

Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews, School Districts, Schools, State Programs

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Author: Regional Educational Lab. Network.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9794&id=ED460976







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