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ERIC Number: ED380527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Principals' Perceptions of Community in Low Performing Campuses in Minority Settings.
Nash, John B.; Calderon, Margarita
Using its Academic Excellence Indicator System, Texas has labeled some schools as low performers, giving them a "Priority One" rating for improvement. Principals of low-performing campuses were interviewed to assess the condition of these campuses as communities of learners working to remove the Priority One label. All of the 6 subject schools have 93 to 97 percent Hispanic American enrollment, and all are under heavy state and public scrutiny. Interviews with principals suggest that these schools have succumbed to ineffective staff development plans, and that, although lip service is given to site-based decision making, decision making usually does not seem linked to a coherent and focused plan. Overall, principals know what they would like to do to improve the schools, but are restricted by a crisis mentality typical of situations where high-stakes testing has an impact on local educational policy. Ultimately, responsibility for school change rests with the school community. Pedagogically based community, rather than crisis mentality, will result in successful implementation of change. Two tables summarize findings. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas