ERIC Number: ED314865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Success for All Students: How "Onward to Excellence" uses R&D To Improve Schools.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Countless American schools are progressing toward effectiveness, ensuring that all students, regardless of family income, sex, or ethnicity, reach basic peformance levels in reading, mathematics, and language arts. Others are moving beyond effectiveness toward excellence and true equity. The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) developed a 10-step school-based management approach called Onward to Excellence (OTE) that has contributed to improved student performance in nearly 500 schools. Drawing on educational research into school and teacher effectiveness, instructional leadership, curriculum alignment, program coupling, and educational change, OTE identifies several key concepts critical to successful school improvement within a specific community context. In OTE, the local school effort is led by a team consisting of the principal, key teachers, a central office representative, and a parent or student representative. The OTE process is learned through a 2-year series of training sessions offering implementation opportunities. After a planning team is formed, they study research evidence, profile student performance, set a schoolwide improvement goal, check current instructional practices, plan for implementation, implement the prescription, monitor the program, evaluate progress, and renew efforts. A detailed discussion of OTE's success at improving performance and reducing dropout and discipline referral rates is provided and is supported by charts, graphs and specific examples. Names and addresses of program contacts are also provided. (MLH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Management Teams, Program Implementation, School Based Management, School Effectiveness, Success
Publications, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.