ERIC Number: ED359597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Austin's Priority Schools: Successful after 5 Years?
In spring 1987, the Austin School Board approved the current student assignment plan that returned most elementary students to neighborhood schools and created 16 predominantly minority schools with most students from low-income families. A 5-year plan implemented in each of the 16 schools contained the following components: full-day prekindergarten; a lowered pupil-teacher ratio at all grade levels; innovative funds; extra support staff; extra central-office support; and extensive first-year staff development. Findings indicate that the Priority Schools program created extensive changes in the 16 elementary schools. Each school has achieved success or is moving toward success in one or more areas. Although all schools demonstrated improvement, most have not demonstrated enough. None showed consistent achievement at the district average level. Thirteen schools utilized Chapter 1 improvement plans and five were unable to continue because their gains were not strong enough. The Priority Schools program is not a quick fix and is different for each school. Six figures and statistics summarizing priority schools' achievement are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.