ERIC Number: ED404417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
A First-Year Evaluation Report of "Children Achieving": Philadelphia's Education Reform.
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.
This report examines the process of school reform in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) during the last half of the 1995-96 school year. It focuses on the progress of the Children Achieving initiative in the first 6 of the projected 22 clusters and considers 11 schools in these 6 clusters in detail. The focus of work in this first year of operation was to develop standards, put the infrastructure in place that would support reform, establish the relationships needed to make the infrastructure work, begin preparing teachers to use the new standards, and design and win support for an accountability system and incentives. The standards and incentives embedded into this accountability system will come into play in the future as "drivers" of the next stages of reform. Observation, review of documents, and interviews provided data that show that Children Achieving was on schedule and gaining momentum in spite of fiscal and political challenges. The vision supporting the reform was less well understood at the school level than at the central and cluster offices. Key organizational components of the reform were gaining acceptance, although understanding and support varied across the schools. The schools that made the most progress shared the characteristics of a collective vision, formal structures to support the program, collaborative decision making, and an atmosphere of trust and interdependence. (Contains four tables and one figure.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children Achieving Challenge, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.