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ERIC Number: ED234499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-3
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
State Programs of School Improvement. Issuegram 11.
Odden, Allan
Diverse low-cost, innovative, and successful state initiatives for school improvement have been developed over the last five years. Generated by public pressures for accountability, many states' increased capacity for policy analysis, and insights gained during 15 years of administering categorical grant programs, the initiatives include: programs for upgrading faculty; new curricula or curriculum guides; new school accreditation standards, requirements for state planning, and expanded state review of instructional programs; comprehensive school impovement plans; programs for sharing knowledge, problem solving skills, and technical assistance with schools and districts; testing strategies including state administered minimum competency tests; and new and improved parent involvement programs. Common characteristics of these efforts are a focus on the school as the unit of improvement, requirements for clear academic goals for improving basic skills, the use of longitudinal data for student evaluation and program modification, and state provision of technical assistance. (MJL)
Distribution Center, Education Commission of the States, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80295 ($2.00 prepaid; quantity discounts; add $1.00 on non-prepaid orders to cover invoicing).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.