ERIC Number: ED348462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The District's View of Chapter 1 Schoolwide Projects in Philadelphia.
Rosica, Thomas C.
This report describes and evaluates Chapter 1 schoolwide programs in the School District of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) since the reauthorization of that legislation in 1988. A brief description of the history and philosophy of Chapter 1 legislation and of the Philadelphia district opens the document. This district serves a population that is 77 percent minority and has a 65.4 percent Chapter 1 elementary poverty percentage. A short description of the 1988 reauthorization details changes in and goals of the program. A report on the experience in Philadelphia describes the following: (1) reorganization of the Chapter 1 programs in 1988 to conform to the reauthorization that involved the establishment of the Schoolwide Projects with 103 schools eligible to participate; (2) principles of shared decision-making and school-based management at the core of the reorganization; (3) many schools have opted for remedial programs providing ongoing support in the regular program; (4) some schools have had success with innovative programs; (5) all schools have instruction-based support; (6) schools have school-specific staff development; (7) the program involves ongoing accountability efforts; and (8) there has been improved student achievement over the past 3 years. Keys to success in Philadelphia are described as empowerment of staff and ownership of programs, with local control energizing the staff and principals. Suggestions for the 1993 reauthorization are offered. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA.
Identifiers: Hawkins Stafford Act 1988; Philadelphia School District PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992). Paper adapted from "Chapter 1 Evaluation: Progress, Problems, and Possibilities" (Constance E. Clayton).