ERIC Number: ED336473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Monitoring Commission for Desegregation Implementation's Analysis of the Level of Compliance of Project CANAL's School Improvement Plans (1989-90).
Davidson, Mary E.; And Others
This evaluation analyzes the School Improvement Plans (SIPs) produced by the core planning teams of Project Creating a New Approach to Learning (CANAL), part of a court-mandated desegregation plan to reduce inequities in predominantly Black and Hispanic American schools in Chicago (Illinois). CANAL's goal is to organize and train core planning teams to engage in shared decision-making and to develop organizational structures that incorporate the community in the organizational and educational processes of the schools. The 41 teams were to develop SIPs, based on an analysis of school problems, to direct actions that would raise the levels of academic achievement. The following findings are presented: (1) no SIP was complete; (2) most SIPs displayed an inconsistency or an inadequacy between their plan and relevant information about the school's problems; (3) most of the SIPs failed to provide a process for disseminating and obtaining consensus on the plan from the school community; (4) 34 of the SIPs contained measurable objectives; and (5) although neither innovative nor unique, over half of these objectives focused directly on students. Statistical data are presented in three tables. The following materials are appended: (1) a list of references to expected SIP content in the Project CANAL proposal; (2) directives to schools for the production of SIPs; (3) a comparison of the criteria for SIP content in the Project CANAL proposal with the directives to the schools; (4) an overview of the project staff; and (5) the criteria used in the substantive audit of the SIPs. (FMW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Public Schools, IL. Monitoring Commission for Desegregation Implementation.