ERIC Number: ED344922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Overview of the Study of Successful Practices in Metropolitan School Districts.
Tushnet, Naida C.
The Study of Successful Indicators (SIS) project in metropolitan school districts is one study within the Southwest Regional Laboratory's Metropolitan Educational Trends and Research Outcomes (METRO) Center. The mission of METRO is to address schooling issues surrounding the increasing numbers of educationally disadvantaged students in the Pacific Southwest. The SIS project focuses primarily on the district and community levels. At present, it is a research effort, but in its next phase it will offer to assist districts and communities in developing policies and practices to meet students' needs. The first part of the paper describes the extraordinary growth in the numbers of students from linguistic minorities in the metropolitan areas of the Pacific Southwest and in the number of languages they speak. This growth has not been in the central cities, but in those termed "edge cities." As a result, local education agencies have been faced with many challenges. The second section provides an overview of the SIS project, outlining its intention and general methodological framework. Problems that have impeded METRO's work are reviewed, and expectations for the next 4 years are introduced. To offer technical assistance to local education agencies and communities, METRO will have to identify those that are successfully hosting ethnically diverse students at present. There is a 13-item list of references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Community, Educational Indicators, Educational Practices, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Policy Formation, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, School Districts, Technical Assistance, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Edge Cities; Language Minorities; Study of Successful Indicators; United States (Pacific States); United States (Southwest)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).