ERIC Number: ED241610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Urban Education Studies, 1977-1980. Cross District Analysis Report. Cross District Analysis of Issues and Factors Associated with System-Wide Improvement in City Public Schools.
This report presents the results of a survey of large school systems conducted between 1977-80. The purpose of the survey was to identify schools with promising programs and developments, especially those with the possibility of system-wide application. A total of 33 public school systems with 599 programs were studied. In the report, research procedures are briefly summarized, and some of the most successful programs are identified and described. Factors considered most crucial to program success are reported to have been: (1) strong commitment on the part of program staff and school principals; (2) local initiative and entrepreneurship in developing and sustaining the programs (largely funded through Federal sources); (3) continuous program evaluation leading to on-going staff development and adaption to student needs; and (4) significant departures from traditional schooling in order to adapt to individual needs in a pluralistic society. Characteristics of effective schools are summarized, with career centers and alternative schools given particular attention. Examples of school-community interaction are cited, and several of the more promising approaches to continuing education and increased professional competence such as teacher centers and management academies are described. New developments in the vital areas of systematic planning, management, and evaluation are reviewed, and elements necessary for system-wide renewal are summarized. (CJM)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Career Centers, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Inservice Teacher Education, Management Development, Nontraditional Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.; University Council for Educational Administration, Columbus, OH.
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.