ERIC Number: ED410083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
High Poverty, High Performing Schools. IDRA Focus.
IDRA Newsletter, v24 n6 Jun-Jul 1997
This theme issue includes four articles on high performance by poor Texas schools. In "Principal of National Blue Ribbon School Says High Poverty Schools Can Excel" (interview with Robert Zarate by Christie L. Goodman), the principal of Mary Hull Elementary School (San Antonio, Texas) describes how the high-poverty, high-minority school dramatically improved its scores on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). Strategies included moving from a remedial model to a challenging curriculum, implementing a technology lab and a balanced reading program, creating high expectations for students, adding excitement to the school environment, including teachers in collaborative decision making, involving parents and families, aligning the curriculum, and being proactive. "High Poverty, High Performing: High Hope!" (Hilaria Bauer) discusses the ingredients of high schoolwide performance: quality in the overall school experience, caring competent teachers, high expectations, and wise use of resources to fulfill the school's mission of excellence. "Low Income Does Not Cause Low School Achievement: Creating a Sense of Family and Respect in the School Environment" (Anita Tijerina Revilla, Yvette De La Garza Sweeney) summarizes results of three studies identifying major factors that promote high performing schools: creating a familial environment, educating the "whole" child, celebrating cultural and linguistic diversity, assuming responsibility for teaching, and involving parents. "Whatever It Takes!" (Joseph F. Johnson, Jr.) reflects on the success of low-income Texas schools in meeting state standards for TAAS scores. Sidebars outline critical elements of high performing schools and list 17 educational sites on the World Wide Web. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills