ERIC Number: ED390118
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Building Capacity for Education Reform.
O'Day, Jennifer; And Others
CPRE Policy Briefs, Dec 1995
Education reformers are urging that all students meet new and more challenging expectations for learning. A crucial question is whether the education system, including the people who comprise it, have the ability to meet these new demands. This report argues that discussions of capacity should be broadened to include such factors as the relationship between teacher capacity and the abilities of schools and districts to accomplish standards-based, or systemic, reform. The report provides a framework for thinking about capacity and suggests ways that systemic reform strategies could help increase capacity. It also describes findings of a 3-year case study of systemic reform conducted by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at 12 schools in 6 school districts reputed to be active in reform. The districts are located in three states taking different approaches to reform--California, Michigan, and Vermont. The ways in which two such strategies--professional development and state assessment--were used to enhance educational capacity are described. A list of relevant CPRE publications is included. (Contains 24 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Demand, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, State Standards, Teacher Improvement
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Carriage House at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, 86 Clifton Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1568 (single copies free; add $10 shipping and handling for outside the United States; quantity discounts for over 25 copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, New Brunswick, NJ.
Identifiers: Capacity Building; Michigan; Vermont; California
IES Cited: ED565615