ERIC Number: ED263231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
New Orleans Effective Schools Project. An Interim Report to the Orleans Parish School Board.
David, Jane L.
The primary goal of the Southern Coalition for Educational Equity's New Orleans Effective Schools Project is to improve academic achievement at one middle school, Martin Behrman, in ways that can be replicated by schools facing similar problems. The Project is based on research findings about school improvement from the school effectiveness literature and focuses resources--primarily in-person assistance--on one school for a 5-year period. Martin Behrman Middle School was selected as the first Project School from among twelve "high risk" schools. In the fall of 1982, Behrman began its planning year, to be followed by three years of implementation. The goal of the planning year was to establish a Site Council representing all relevant constituencies and to develop a plan that would increase academic achievement over a three to five year period. During the first implementation year, at the request of the Site Council, project staff conducted a full day workshop on positive discipline and helped a committee of teachers develop a system of rules and consequences that included both preventive and punitive components. A management team was created to support the school administrative staff. Additionally, the Behrman Special Summer Program was implemented and achieved great success. The Summer Program provided five weeks of daily reading instruction to over 90 students. Final test results of the summer students demonstrated larger than expected gains in reading comprehension. In the Project's second year of implementation, it continued to build on changes begun during the first year. The College Board's reading comprehension test, Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) was administered to insure measurement of progress towards the goal of improved comprehension, and an outside expert prepared a report on the barriers to effective use of instructional time at Behrman. As the project enters the third year of implementation, it is ready to be replicated in similar "high-risk" schools. A network between Behrman and other schools will be developed, and the replication schools will be selected by the end of 1985. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Coalition for Educational Equity, Jackson, MS.