ERIC Number: ED347231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Restructuring the Urban Primary School: A Collaborative Approach to Developing a Nongraded Curriculum.
Smith, J. Lea; And Others
In 1988 the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld a previous decision that the state public education system had failed to provide an efficient system of common schools. The Kentucky Educational Reform Act (KERA, 1990) came from this decision. This paper reviews the restructuring of a primary school under the KERA, focusing on one collaborative effort between a university practitioner and a school practitioner in developing a year-long pilot project. Crucial components of the collaboration included initiating dialogue, organizing and implementing a primary school model, disseminating the model, and developing leadership. Key components of the pilot project included: (1) development of an integrated thematic curriculum and alternative assessments; (2) a pupil progression plan; (3) an orientation toward success and cooperation; (4) flexibility to allow for multiple age/multi-ability grouping; and (5) creative student evaluation through narrative progress reports. The Partners in Learning model was applied at an inner-city elementary school in Louisville (Kentucky). The success of the new instructional program was confirmed by comparing scores of 15 program second graders on the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills with those of 15 similar students from another school. Six teachers and the school speech pathologist completed a follow-up survey indicating that they continued to use the model, although four have made modifications to it. There is a nine-item list of references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, College School Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Flexible Progression, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Models, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Nontraditional Education, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, School Restructuring, State Programs, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kentucky; Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).