ERIC Number: ED417477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
North Carolina Partnership for Accelerated Schools Review of the 1996-97 School Year. Profiles in School Change.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
The North Carolina Partnership for Accelerated Schools was created to contribute to North Carolina's efforts to reform its educational system. Nine schools (seven elementary schools and two middle schools) that are in this partnership are profiled. The schools profiled were at various stages of implementing the Accelerated School process and had designed their own strategies for working toward the shared goals of the program. The report uses four categories to describe the schools' progress: climate survey, academic climate, program highlights, and professional development. A climate survey was developed to help the schools identify areas that needed improvement. School climates change for a variety of reasons not related to improvement strategies. Redistricting, faculty attrition and replacement, new administrators, and reconfiguration of grade levels all affect a school's climate. Survey items were written so that they related to the program goals and assessed whether teachers felt empowered and involved in decision making, whether powerful learning opportunities and recognition were available for all students, and how well school communities (parents, students, and school staff) worked together. Results do not indicate that individuals have changed behavior and attitudes, but rather describe school community's behaviors and attitudes. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring, Student Evaluation
Public Schools of North Carolina, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601-2825 (full evaluation report).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina