ERIC Number: ED235250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Schools with Limited Resources. ECS Issuegram.
The financial health of the education system of most states is not good; those seeking to improve educational quality will have to find inexpensive methods. Areas of the American educational system in which quality standards are not being met include time spent in learning, curriculum content, appropriate use of new technology, and personnel. Educational reforms of the sixties and seventies worked, but they were expensive. For the eighties, reforms will have to be carried out with the limited funds available. Fifteen years of research have developed a consensus on strategies for improving basic skills performance. Six elements of these strategies are: (1) administrative leadership; (2) increased academic learning time; (3) a focus on basic skills; (4) improved teaching practices; (5) long-term staff development; and (6) school improvement efforts. The final section of this document lists affordable policy options which can increase academic learning time, improve the academic and substantive content of the curriculum, enrich teaching materials, make use of educational technology, and recruit and maintain a staff of high quality personnel. (DC)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Problems, Guidelines, Instructional Materials, Literature Reviews, School Personnel, Staff Development, Time Factors (Learning), Time on Task
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.