ERIC Number: ED413660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Reports on Reform from the Field: District and State Survey Results. Final Report.
Hannaway, Jane; Kimball, Kristi
The passage of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1994 represented a fundamental shift in the character of federal aid to education and demanded new roles and responsibilities for states, districts, and the federal government. This handbook presents findings from a national mail survey of school districts and a telephone or in-person survey of state officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey examined the levels of understanding that state and district administrators have of the new legislation; the progress they report making in implementing the reforms; and the helpfulness of various forms of assistance that are available to states and districts. The district survey was mailed during spring and early summer 1996, and elicited an overall response rate of 83 percent (n=2,700). A total of 95 state-level surveys were completed. Key findings led to the following recommendations to the Department of Education (ED): (1) Continue efforts to support state level reform; (2) continue to support intermediaries to provide assistance to states and school districts; (3) sponsor small working conferences; (4) devise an information-dissemination and technical-assistance strategy geared to small districts; and (5) give special attention to high-poverty districts on the various elements of standards-based reform. The Department of Education should invest heavily in research and development associated with assessment systems and should focus greater effort in identifying the most effective technical-assistance strategies to schools not making adequate progress. Finally, three recommendations are offered to ED for tapping into effective information channels: it should maintain its written and oral communication channels; it should take full advantage of non-federal education publications; and it should capitalize on the established connections of state-based and professional associations. A total of 19 tables and 30 charts are included. Appendices contain copies of the district and state survey instruments. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.; Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994