ERIC Number: ED374557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Local Variation in Response to State Reform of High School Graduation Requirements.
Wilson, Bruce; And Others
A common way to control curriculum at the state level has been to implement changes in high school graduation requirements. This paper documents the variation in responses across five diverse high schools in Maryland, as the schools implemented new high school graduation requirements mandated by the State Board of Education. In 1985, the board mandated two high school diplomas--the regular high school diploma and an advanced diploma, or Certificate of Merit. As part of a larger longitudinal study, this paper presents findings derived from: (1) in-depth interviews with students, teachers, counselors, and building administrators; and (2) analysis of individual student transcript records. Findings show that the five schools framed the new graduation requirements differently; interview participants construed the changes as having unique meaning for their particular school, its faculty and students, its organizational structures, and its departmental resources and curricula. The data suggest that challenging responses to state-initiated mandates flourish in the local schools and that perhaps decisions about what constitutes "improvement" are best reserved for those who best know and understand the local context. Five tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland