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ERIC Number: ED421782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 31
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Unintended Consequences of School Improvement Plans.
Johnson, Stephen B.
Using Guilford County (North Carolina) School District's implementation of North Carolina ABCs legislation as a backdrop, this paper discusses the unintended consequences that school-improvement plans create for administration. The ABCs legislation ties a large-scale testing program to a requirement that each school develop a community-supported plan to improve student test scores. Although it is too early to determine whether this objective is being accomplished, the plans and their development process are having major side-effects on schools, their communities, and individuals in Guilford County. Data from semistructured interviews with a wide range of participants indicate that the state and local testing program dominated discussion on the focus of school-improvement plans. An administrative advisory group has exposed individuals to new, personally disturbing information about instructional ineffectiveness, while fostering personal understandings about themselves and the educational process. Small teams have reorganized committee systems and spurred reevaluation of staff relationships. Faculty have increased awareness of diverse educational needs. Individuals expressed concerns about unsystematic evaluation in schools, plans' public nature, parents' role, and planning efficacy. Schools have reacted differently to legislative demands. Guilford County's experience suggests that principals are linchpins in establishing change. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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