ERIC Number: ED418842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
State Policy and Classroom Performance: Mathematics Reform in California. CPRE Policy Briefs.
Cohen, David K.; Hill, Heather C.
During the last decade, many states have tried to devise more robust and coherent instructional policies in an effort to make teaching and learning more thoughtful and demanding. As instructional policy has moved to the top of many state education agendas in the past 10-15 years, interest in the relationship between policy and practice has grown. This document reports on findings from a study that addresses these relationships. Data used in this study were collected from a 1994 survey of California elementary school teachers to probe the classroom effects of state efforts to reform mathematics teaching and learning. A rudimentary model of the relationship between policy and practice is developed. This report begins with a review of the California reform, describes the research approach, and discusses the major findings. Findings included: (1) learning opportunities varied among teachers; (2) certain types of learning opportunities influenced practice; (4) CLAS (California Learning Assessment System) tests had a limited influence on practice; (5) CLAS as learning opportunity had a wider influence on practice; and (6) certain teacher learning opportunities affected student achievement. (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, 3440 Market Street, Suite 560, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.