ERIC Number: ED404350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Title I Best Practices Review 1995-96. Publication 95.06.
Curry, Janice; And Others
Four Title I schoolwide programs in the Austin Independent School District (Texas) at the elementary school level were selected for inclusion in a Title I Best Practices review of schoolwide programs. The Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 reauthorized Title I, the Federal Government's major compensatory education initiative, and authorized the use of Title I funds to upgrade the entire educational program at a school. Schools were selected for the review based on overall student achievement and continuous gains in achievement from 1992-93 to 1994-95. Interviews with principals at the four schools, some designated teachers, and a few parents were used to study the reasons these schools have been successful. At each Best Practices School staff and administration are using site-based management to make effective instructional program decisions that are reflected in the Campus Improvement Plans. Parents are involved in varying degrees as well. At each of the schools staff and administration have implemented some form of self-evaluation. All students at these schools are expected to achieve at high levels, and there are high expectations for teachers as well. There are few pull-out programs, but those that are in place have been evaluated and found to be effective. Common factors across the Best Practices schools are strong leadership and a team-like approach. These appear to be among the most important factors for school success. Appendixes present the principal, teacher, and parent questionnaires, and give demographic and achievement data by school. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Compensatory Education, Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Federal Legislation, Instructional Leadership, Interviews, Parent Participation, Parents, Principals, Program Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Performance Audit and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Improving Americas Schools Act 1994 Title I