ERIC Number: ED348757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Improvement Efforts for Low-Performing Schools.
Guthrie, Larry F.; van Heusden Hale, Sylvie
The issues of excellence and equity in American education are examined in this paper, which also outlines the effective schools movement behind the competing goals of excellence and equity. The traditional approaches to educational change and the reasons why these approaches have been ineffective are summarized. This paper shows how the need to find a more effective approach to educational improvement has led the two factions--excellence and equity--to realize that in order to raise achievement for all students improvement at the school level, or whole-student improvement, must be addressed. Several innovative whole-school improvement efforts are described, which are classified into three categories: (1) networking programs, such as the National Network for Educational Renewal and Re: Learning; (2) demonstration programs, such as Accelerated Schools, Success for All, and the School Development Program; and (3) regional state department of education programs in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. This paper serves as a starting point for thinking about educational change and the ways in which schools can be improved to more effectively serve the at-risk population. (Contains 29 references.) (Author/LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.