ERIC Number: ED228713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
19 Improving Schools and Why: Their "Formula for Success."
Clancy, Peter L.
Students at 19 Michigan elementary schools in 17 districts showed a dramatic improvement in Michigan Educational Assessment Program test score results from 1976 to 1979. A three-pronged effort to identify the factors associated with the improvement involved a computer analysis of school demographic data, field interviews, and a symposium of 107 key personnel from 18 of the 19 schools who corroborated the field interviews. Analysis of the demographic data failed to reveal any positive correlation with success; however, a "Formula for Success" extracted from the interviews and symposium contains seven elements that constitute a "critical mass" that all 19 schools possess. The seven elements are: (1) the staff has a high degree of intercommunication; (2) the instructional program contains the basic elements of mastery learning; (3) the principal is a strong leader with an understanding of curriculum and instruction; (4) the staff is stable, flexible, innovative, and skilled; (5) the parents are supportive because the school communicates well with them, and in some cases community education programs make this possible; (6) the superintendent is a leader who communicates clearly the importance of academic achievement; and (7) all the parties involved in the teaching-learning process know what is expected of them. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Education, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Assessment, Elementary Education, Interpersonal Communication, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Improvement, School Demography, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Success, Tables (Data)
Publications, Office of Community Education Research, 34 F Boone Hall, College of Education, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 ($7.95; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti.
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