ERIC Number: ED422139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Leadership for Changing the Small Rural School: The Excitement of School Improvement.
This report describes the success of the LaHarpe (Illinois) Community Unit School District in raising student math scores on the Illinois Goal Assessment Program (IGAP). Low IGAP test results and faculty dissatisfaction with scores precipitated the school district to modify the content and delivery of math instruction based on student needs identified in the IGAP test. The traditional textbook approach in the elementary grades and practical math for less able high school students were replaced with "Math Their Way" methods in grade school and a modified 2-year algebra class in high school for those not taking college preparatory math. Junior high school math curricula were modified to include math electives of pre-algebra and algebra in the seventh and eighth grades. Further upgrading at the senior high level included adding calculus to the curriculum. Meetings were held to inform parents of the changes and solicit their cooperation. Over the 6 years of the program (1991-1997), test scores were raised 73 points and exceeded the state average by 31 points. (SAS)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Achievement Gains, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Teachers, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Districts, School Effectiveness, Standardized Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Rural Education and Small Schools (19th, Manhattan, KS, October 27-28, 1997).