ERIC Number: ED375238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
An External View of a State-Sponsored Urban School Improvement Initiative.
Austin, Susan; And Others
This paper presents a set of general observations about state-sponsored school improvement initiatives with data from several sources. One major source is the Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), implementation study, "Facing the Challenge: Selected Programs and Practices of the Urban Initiative's Operation School Renewal" that focused on New Jersey schools. Other sources include informal school-district contacts, analysis of district and school-improvement plans, and an analysis of a New Jersey Department of Education urban initiative called Operation School Reform (OSR). The first section of the paper defines and describes the key elements of OSR. The second section presents general observations and implications related to the planning process, program implementation, and the technical and financial assistance provided by the state. The final section provides a set of recommendations concerning the design and implementation of future state-sponsored urban school-improvement efforts. Recommendations can be grouped into the following sets: (1) negotiate expectations; (2) respond to local variability; and (3) provide funds according to plan. (Contains 2 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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: New Jersey