ERIC Number: ED258314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Mississippi: The First Total Effective School State.
Thomas, M. Donald; Wynne, George E.
In late 1982 Mississippi passed a massive school improvement program shaped around the effective schools concept as defined by Ron Edmonds. The characteristics of effective schools identified by Edmonds and made the cornerstone of the Mississippi legislation were that (1) the principal is a strong instructional leader; (2) the school has an articulated, identified academic focus; (3) high expectations are maintained of teachers and students; (4) student progress is measured regularly and systematically; and (5) a safe and orderly climate conducive to teaching and learning is maintained. Among the provisions of the law are that the state superintendent be appointed by a state board of education rather than elected, and that a School Executive Management Institute be created to train local school principals and local district superintendents in the principles of effective schooling and the leadership techniques necessary to implement them. The training programs have proved to be both effective and popular, largely due to the leadership of the appointed state superintendent, Richard Boyd. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi