ERIC Number: ED357466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Systemwide Education Reform: Federal Leadership Could Facilitate District-Level Efforts. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education, House Committee on Education and Labor.
Morra, Linda G.
Testimony on the role of federal leadership in facilitating district-level reform efforts is offered in this report, which focuses on four districts with many years of participation in systemwide educational reform. Five key components of systemwide reform are identified: standards for all students; curricula tied to those goals; high-quality instructional materials; professional development; and student assessments tied to the curricula. The four districts had undertaken systemic reform, with a focus on setting curricula-related standards for all students at each grade level. The districts shared the following implementation experiences: (1) systemwide reform is a longterm process; (2) technical assistance and teacher support are important; (3) overall progress toward high standards is difficult to assess; and (4) current federal systems may not support systemwide reform. A conclusion is that, for many districts, state and federal actions are needed to maintain commitment and find resources for reform. Establishing voluntary national standards is a first step, which should be accompanied by Congressional action to create awareness of promising reforms, provide professional development opportunities, and offer technical assistance. (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 $1 each, payable to Superintendent of Documents).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.