ERIC Number: ED366044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Primary School, School-Based Decision Making, Family Resource/Youth Services Centers. Second Year Reports to the Prichard Committee.
Raths, James; And Others
This document is the second in a 5-year series of reports presented to the Prichard Committee, which monitors the progress of school reform in Kentucky. Three sections examine different aspects of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA)--primary school programs, school-based decision making (SBDM), and family-resource and youth-services centers. The report on primary education examined nine schools that implemented KERA mandates for primary programs. Findings indicate a need for teacher guidance in authentic assessment, development of a statewide curriculum, and funding for instructional supplies and materials. Other concerns involved problematic student grouping patterns, confusion about the law, and a low level of parent involvement. The section on SBDM notes that the KERA requires most Kentucky schools to form SBDM councils by 1996. Data derived from interviews with various stakeholders showed that participants in SBDM councils are concerned with the short (1-year) term length, the low level of parent participation, inadequate training of council members in group-process skills, and new faculty and district roles. The third section substantiates findings of a 1992 report, which found that the Family Resource Centers program within the KERA was well designed and effectively implemented. However, issues in evaluation and implementation are raised. (LMI)
Descriptors: Decentralization, Family School Relationship, Governing Boards, Primary Education, School Based Management, School Restructuring, Social Services, State Action, State Legislation
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, P.O. Box 1658, Lexington, KY 40952-1658.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington, KY.
Note: For the first year reports, see ED 352 141.