ERIC Number: ED382942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-7
Reference Count: N/A
Five Years after a State-Funded School Improvement Project, What Remains?
Lofton, Glenda G.; And Others
A study investigated whether Louisiana school districts and schools involved in the SPUR (Special Plan Upgrading Reading) program were implementing and maintaining essential elements of the project five years after termination of state funding and external support. Subjects were the 66 superintendents or their designee at the district level as well as the principals and three representative teachers knowledgeable of the SPUR program in each of the 225 schools serving as Model Schools when the project ended in 1988. Response rates on surveys was reasonably positive, with 76% of the districts and 44% of schools returning their forms. Results indicated that: (1) some form of collaborative planning and improvement process was being maintained in 80% of the districts and 90% of the Model Schools; (2) strong support was evident for SPUR's influence on the implementation and maintenance of improvement projects; (3) 41% of districts and 62% of schools maintained a focus or had fully integrated SPUR's 17 Criteria of Excellence into their ongoing improvement process; (4) supervisors and school personnel disagreed on factors contributing to the maintenance and ongoing improvement process; and (5) of the five districts once identified as successful implementers of the improvement process, three had taken specific actions to maintain and continue improvement efforts. A qualitative analysis of district and school data provided insight into five factors facilitating and impeding maintenance: level/type of involvement at the district level, leadership at the school level, collaboration at all levels, utilization/development of human resources, and teacher/student self-efficacy. (Contains 14 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Administrator Surveys; Louisiana; Special Plan Upgrading Reading
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).