ERIC Number: ED307354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-7
Reference Count: N/A
Impacts of Education Reform. Statement of Eleanor Chelimsky, Assistant Comptroller General for Program Evaluation and Methodology, before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education Committee on Education and Labor, United States House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
The testimony presented in this report addresses the effects of recent reforms on the achievement of disadvantaged students, their dropout rates, and their enrollments in vocational education. An evaluation of programs in four large-city school districts revealed that educational reform has been neither a disaster nor a boon for the performance of low-achieving students: the reforms have not improved educational outcomes to any great extent. All students demonstrated a very similar achievement pattern to that of at-risk students. The educational reform may have done less to aid Hispanic students than Blacks. The reforms did not improve the performance of students no at risk; nor did they have any effect on dropout rates, though they may have contributed to a small decline in vocational enrollments. Prior progress was not maintained for some disadvantaged groups, at least over the short-term. The long-term effects of the reforms have yet to be seen. If the educational reforms did not have the damaging effects on low-achievers that some feared they would, neither did they produce the general advances that advocates of reform have hoped for. Data are presented on five tables and figures. (BJV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Dropout Rate, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, High Risk Students, Hispanic Americans, Low Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Racial Differences, Reading Achievement, Urban Schools, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.