ERIC Number: ED369517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Kentucky's Primary Program: A Progress Report.
Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Inst. on Education Reform.
This report documents the progress that school districts in Kentucky have made in implementing provisions of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. This bill mandated that all elementary schools become non-graded, multi-age, multi-ability primary schools by the fall of 1993. During the spring of 1993, observations and teacher surveys were conducted in 46 schools in a geographically stratified random sample to determine the progress teachers were making in implementing the primary program. Principals in each of the schools were asked to recommend the classrooms in which they believed the teachers had made the greatest progress toward implementation. Among the results noted in the report are that teachers have made some progress in designing flexible physical environments that facilitate a variety of group and individual activities. Nevertheless, the classrooms were still teacher-dominated, possessed few learning centers, and exhibited few instances of discovery learning, student-initiated activities, and theme units. Also noted are major weaknesses in the area of ongoing, authentic assessment and the lack of parent involvement programs. Recommendations for staff development and school policy are listed. Five appendixes provide copies of the evaluation criteria, rating scales, the teacher interview form, the teacher survey form, and mean ratings. (MDM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Learning Centers (Classroom), Mixed Age Grouping, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Parent Participation, Primary Education, Program Implementation, State Legislation, State Surveys, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Inst. on Education Reform.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky