ERIC Number: ED357465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Systemwide Education Reform: Federal Leadership Could Facilitate District-Level Efforts. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Testimony about the role of federal leadership in facilitating district-level reform efforts is presented in this report. Data were derived from a literature review and consultation with school reform experts. Further data were collected from visits to four districts--Johnson City, New York; Moss Point, Mississippi; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and San Diego, California--where interviews were conducted with participants in district reform and school/district records were reviewed. Each district engaged in systemwide reform in which standards, curricula, and instruction focused on student outcomes and on student-assessment-guided instruction. Findings indicate that the federal role was limited in the areas of categorical aid programs, at-risk students, and systemwide technical assistance. It is recommended that voluntary national standards be established as a first step, supplemented by Congressional action to encourage district reform. Appendices include a summary of reform efforts in the four districts, a list of major contributors to the report, and a list of six related General Accounting Office products. Three tables are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Government Role, Government School Relationship, School Restructuring, Systems Approach
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free, additional copies $2 each, payable to Superintendent of Documents).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.