ERIC Number: ED228352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Improving School Improvement: New Study Shows That Most Schools Improve Under SIP. Research and Educational Practice in the Far West.
Degener, David, Ed.
The School Improvement Program (SIP) is a project which involves over half of California's public elementary and secondary schools and which emphasizes cooperative planning by schools and communities to improve education. The improvement planning process in each school is undertaken by a School Site Council (SCC), composed of the principal, and teacher/staff and parent representatives. In 1980, an independent research group was contracted to conduct a 2-year policy evaluation of SIP. Among the areas covered by the evaluation were: (1) how schools viewed SIP; (2) the district role, school governance styles, parent involvement, and change strategies in SIP implementation; (3) patterns of SIP integration into other school activities; (4) student, organizational, and community outcomes of the program; (5) factors that influenced outcomes; and (6) specific relationships between program orientation, implementation and staff development, and educational improvement. The findings suggested that SIP best leads to school improvement when it is implemented as the State envisions. In addition, background factors (such as setting, district size, and school and district socioeconomic characteristics) can inhibit school improvement through SIP. Finally, organizational climate, school leadership, and school needs may hamper SIP implementation, but can be manipulated over time to make the program work. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.