ERIC Number: ED361444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A View from the Elementary Schools: The State of Reform in Chicago. A Report of the Steering Committee, Consortium on Chicago School Research.
Bryk, Anthony S.; And Others
Through a synthesis of ongoing case studies covering over 500 schools, this report highlights the story of school reform in the Chicago Public Schools (Illinois) at the elementary school level. The analysis draws on a case-study syntheses of field research over the past 3 years, new analyses of survey data from principals and teachers, and original field studies conducted during spring 1993 in 6 schools that have taken active advantage of the opportunities offered by reform legislation. A look at school governance finds that in some places collaboration among principals, parents, and community members is perfunctory, in others self-interested demands are advancing, and in others constituents are undertaking efforts to improve education. An examination of local school improvement takes into account the local communities' past experience with their institutions as well as larger professional conversations concerning problems of urban education and community. A formal test of the validity of a "means-ends" linkage assumed in the reform legislation found that systemic restructuring fosters instructional change. The close look at six schools found that remarkable change had taken place, but that the reform process is fragile. A final section offers a perspective from the local and national research community. (Contains 39 references and 34 endnotes.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Chicago School Research, IL.