ERIC Number: ED407719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-30
Reference Count: N/A
Review of Implementation and Impact of Blueprint 2000 Administered by the Department of Education [and] Supplementary Report on the Review of Implementation and Impact of Blueprint 2000 in Five School Districts and Nineteen Schools Evaluated.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
In 1991, the Florida State Legislature created "Blueprint 2000," a plan for school improvement and accountability. This handbook presents findings of an evaluation conducted by the Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), which gathered information about the improvement initiatives that schools implemented, the impact of Blueprint 2000 on students, the involvement of stakeholders, the allocation of financial resources, the delegation of decision making, and school advisory council (SAC) membership. Data were gathered through a survey of 331 teachers and 196 principals across the state; a review of the school-improvement plans of 39 schools in 15 school districts; visits to 19 schools in 5 districts; and a review of school-advisory-council information from 65 schools for the years 1993-94, 1994-95, and 1995-96. Findings indicate that virtually all school-improvement plans included goals and initiatives to improve student performance. Most stakeholders needed assistance in evaluating initiatives and determining the effect of factors such as student mobility. Stakeholders believed that Blueprint 2000 had increased parent involvement in the school-improvement process, but that it had not significantly affected either the allocation of financial resources or school-based decision making. School employees continued to dominate the membership of school advisory councils, and one-third of the councils did not reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of their schools. The report recommends that the state legislature amend state law regarding requirements for advisory council membership; that the Commission on Education Reform and Accountability work with various groups to ensure that SACs meet membership requirements and stakeholders receive assistance; and that the Department of Education provide training and assistance in evaluation, long-term planning, and Blueprint 2000 requirements. Seventeen exhibits are included. Appendices contain stakeholders' perceptions, data on advisory council membership, and responses of the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability. The supplementary report provides indepth information for 5 school districts (Alachua, Monroe, Orange, Sarasota, and Washington) and 19 schools within those districts. Data were gathered through onsite visits; interviews with school board members, district administrators and staff, principals, teachers, and school advisory council chairs; and focus groups held with teachers and advisory councils. The district and school profiles contain specific information about the implementation and impact of Blueprint 2000. Preceding each school profile is district background information; a summary of the district's Blueprint 2000 implementation efforts and effects on the students, teachers, and school administration; and highlights of various school-improvement initiatives. The school profiles provide information about the school-improvement process, stakeholder perceptions of that process, school-improvement plans, and examples of school-improvement initiatives. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida