ERIC Number: ED369824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
School Based Improvement: Changes in AISD, 1992-93. Publication Number 93.32.
Sabatino, Melissa; Rumbaut, Marilyn
In 1989, a long-term partnership began between International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation and the Austin Independent School District (AISD) to form Project A+ (later named the A+ Coalition), a program designed to be a catalyst for educational improvement by identifying fundamental changes needed to enhance education and to marshal community support for those changes. School Based Improvement (SBI) is a vehicle for restructuring schools to meet these goals. It is based on the concepts of decentralization of decision-making authority, shared decision making, and accountability. Impact is felt mainly in budget development, instructional delivery, staffing, and staff development. After pilot tests in 1990-91 and 1991-92, AISD began districtwide implementation of SBI in 1992-93. Surveys of 277 teachers and 52 parents in 1993 indicated that SBI is partially implemented, with six of nine core components in place. Most teachers believe that the school board and central office support, which are considered as still lacking, will be essential to program success, and that overall not enough support is available. Recommendations are made for completing the implementation of SBI, with emphasis on parent participation, staff development, and the roles of individual campuses. Eleven figures present survey findings. Eight attachments contain supplemental information and SBI models. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Budgeting, Cooperative Programs, Decentralization, Decision Making, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Parent Participation, Pilot Projects, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, School Districts, School Restructuring, School Role, Staff Development, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.