ERIC Number: ED403337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
School-University Partnership: Restructuring an Urban School. Spotlight on Student Success. No. 114.
Zetlin, Andrea G.
The case study of the restructuring of an urban elementary school in Los Angeles (California), the Murchison Street School, in partnership with California State University is described. Of the school's 1,050 students, 67% were eligible for Chapter I funding at the start of the restructuring initiative. Over 3 years, parents, teachers, the community, and the university worked to create a school where children felt cared for and supported, and where social services were developed and coordinated so that students' needs were more fully met. The first step in the program was a 20/20 analysis to determine levels of reading achievement. Many students functioned below national norms in reading, and most students in the low 20% group were not enrolled in special education or intensive remediation. Students of limited English proficiency were among those most in need of remediation. School staff worked with university faculty to develop an action plan to enrich the literacy atmosphere, increase parent awareness and participation, and develop an integrated services center at the school site. Results from the literacy initiative, the parent center, and the integrated social services were evaluated. Student attendance has improved and parent participation has increased greatly. Teachers have begun to work in teams, and have developed new enthusiasm for improving achievement. (Contains four references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Ancillary School Services, Case Studies, College School Cooperation, Compensatory Education, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Limited English Speaking, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Reading Achievement, School Restructuring, Social Services, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1