ERIC Number: ED421591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Meeting the Challenge of Low-Performing Schools. Policy Brief.
Public School Forum of North Carolina, Raleigh.
One of the consequences of the North Carolina ABC plan of educational reform has been the unmasking of student performance data. The new ABC model reports student performance data by school building, making it impossible to ignore the gap between students in high-performing schools and those in low-performing schools. Included in the legislation for the ABC plan was an intervention, or assistance, model, which calls for intervention teams in the state's lowest performing schools and allows for the removal of the principal. Now that the state has some experience in the intervention area, it has become clear that mandating consequences is one thing, and solving the problem of low-performing schools is another. In considering the complex issues related to low-performing schools, four things emerge as critical to success or failure of state-driven interventions: (1) the philosophy and roles of intervention teams; (2) the use of, or need for, additional resources; (3) the challenge of attracting and retaining competent teachers in low-performing schools; and (4) the need to go beyond traditional responses. In North Carolina, the question is how the state can become a full partner in school improvement. Most of the state's 122 low-performing schools are confronting issues related to poverty, inadequate parental support, and difficulties in attracting and retaining top quality teachers. The challenge is to find policy responses that make it possible for these schools to meet today's new demands. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Low Achievement, Resource Allocation, School District Autonomy, State Legislation, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Teacher Recruitment, Urban Schools
Public School Forum of North Carolina, 3739 National Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27612.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public School Forum of North Carolina, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina