ERIC Number: ED421601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Schools on Notice. A Policy Study of New York State's 1996-1997 Schools under Registration Review Process. Final Report to the New York State Education Department.
Ascher, Carol; Ikeda, Ken; Fruchter, Norm
In 1996, the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University began a 2-year policy study for the State Education Department (SED) of its Schools under Registration Review (SURR) process. The SED identifies and supports New York's low-performing schools for up to 3 years. Then schools that improve are removed from the SURR list, and those that do not are closed or redesigned. The first year of the policy study focused on the effectiveness of SED identification and registration, the capacity of the registration review to identify problems of teaching and learning, and the effectiveness of support to SURR schools. Data were gathered through site visits to 11 schools, document review, and surveys completed by principals and teachers in schools recently undergoing review and schools on the SURR list. Examination of the three areas of study disclosed a number of problems, but four particular areas of tension were identified, and strategies were proposed to deal with each of the four: (1) uniformity versus diversity; (2) performance versus monitoring; (3) standards-setting versus intervention; and (4) capacity-building versus compliance. Analysis suggests that there is a large group of low-performing schools that are not yet designated as SURR. To prevent achievement in those schools from dropping to unacceptable levels, state and local improvement efforts should also be targeted at these schools. (Contains 12 tables, 4 graphs, 5 maps, and 99 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Education and Social Policy.
Identifiers - Location: New York