ERIC Number: ED416572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
From Schoolhouse to Statehouse--Re:Learning 1988-1995. State Leadership for Learning.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
In 1988, the Education Commission of the States and Coalition of Essential Schools joined forces to create Re:Learning, which aimed to change the education system and bring about improved learning for all students. This report describes the development and implementation of the program and focuses on program influences on student achievement and policymaking. Identified on the various forces working for and against the success of such initiatives at the state, district, and school levels. The obstacles at the state and local levels, such as a disjointed policy environment, unstable funding, turnover in political leadership, and a lack of understanding and support from important constituencies are also discussed. The program has spread, growing from 56 schools in 1988 to 935 schools in 1995, registering an impact that ranged from higher expectations for students to shared decision making in the educational community. Teachers and principals reported lower absenteeism and higher graduation rates; schools that redesigned curriculum around the program's principles declared gains in students' test scores. Educational policy was likewise affected, with a shift toward greater flexibility for restructuring schools and other innovative measures. Contains 12 references. (RJM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.