ERIC Number: ED393616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Renewal and Instructional Support for Small, Rural Schools: Standardization Issues. Program Report.
This document summarizes research on curriculum renewal efforts in small rural schools in the Northwest. The Northwest region includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Curriculum renewal involves activities aimed at meeting state reform standards and educational improvement initiatives. An examination of accreditation standards among states in the Northwest found that there was a move away from traditional process standards toward the articulation of common curriculum goals, public reporting of school performance, and locally-driven self-study. Standardization requirements can help provide a context for local educational reform and curriculum renewal. Four studies by the Rural Education Program of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory focused on the role of educational leadership in curriculum renewal and three curriculum renewal methods: community-based, peer-based, and consultant-based support. Each curriculum renewal method is briefly described, including a list of key elements necessary for the method to succeed and benefits resulting from using the method. In February 1995, the Rural Education Program conducted a survey of the priorities of small, rural school districts concerning curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The study found that rural school districts were most concerned with strengthening instructional strategies, aligning assessment with curriculum and instruction, integrating curriculum, and preparing students for the next century. In March 1995, participants at the Regional Rural Curriculum Symposium identified issues affecting curriculum renewal in small rural schools, including professional development, state standards and outreach, assessment and accountability, and site-based management. The report concludes with recommendations for encouraging successful curriculum renewal in small, rural school districts. Contains 12 references. (LP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR, Rural Education Program.