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ERIC Number: ED310902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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School Improvement in Arkansas.
Root, Paul
Since 1983, Arkansas schools have undergone vast changes to improve the quality of education in the state. The Arkansas State Supreme Court had ruled that the state school aid distribution formula was unconstitutional and needed to be rewritten. A standards committee examined the curriculum offerings of 382 secondary schools in 365 districts and found that a large majority did not offer music, chemistry, physics, advanced math, computer science, foreign language, or practical arts, and almost half had fewer than 38 study units. In addition, the standards committee discovered that many classrooms were overcrowded, and teachers had to cope with large class sizes or an excessive number of preparations. The committee prepared a report and recommendations for raising the state's educational standards. The legislature passed a sales tax and more than 100 new educational laws. New programs of recognition for schools, teachers, and students were created. New programs were created for the improvement of teaching, of schools, and of parent involvement. Teachers, administrators, and students were to be tested for competency in basic skills. As of the 1987-88 school year, 329 school districts were either in compliance with the new standards or in the final stages of meeting them. The schools were able to effect change so quickly due to the creation of 15 educational service centers that assisted schools with improvement in teacher inservice, standards, implementation, audio visual services, community relations, and cooperative purchasing. More than 2,500 new teachers, counselors, librarians, and administrators were hired to help schools meet the new standards. (ALL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas