ERIC Number: ED423316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Regional Educational Laboratories: 1997 Performance Plan Report.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
The 10 Regional Educational Laboratories work to ensure that those involved in educational improvement at the local, state, and regional levels have access to the best available information from research and practice. This report presents 1997 performance data on three common objectives of the Regional Educational Laboratory Program sponsored by contracts with the U.S. Department of Education, administered by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. The objectives common to the Laboratories are: (1) develop policies, strategies, and/or models of comprehensive, effective reform that are used to assist states and local school districts as they implement programs in which all students achieve at high levels and/or in which emerging theories of learning are assessed and validated; (2) identify or produce materials and strategies for implementing reform in policy and practice and improvement throughout districts and states; and (3) facilitate, create, and expand networks, alliances, and joint ventures that address significant issues in support of state and local reform. This report provides a snapshot of the Laboratories' status in achieving these three objectives at the close of fiscal year 1997, 2 years into the Regional Educational Laboratory contract. In 1997, the Laboratories worked on the development of 54 different initiatives at 478 development sites. Capacity building, student impact, and the potential for scaling up the activity are aspects that are being studied. With regard to materials and strategies for implementing educational reform, in 1997 the Laboratories made 1,783 distinct products and 1,213 distinct services available to their clients. Clients have rated these products and services highly, and evaluations of their use continue. Other accomplishments of the Laboratories include participation in 99 alliances for reform and cooperation in 46 joint ventures. A map shows the locations of the Regional Laboratories and their addresses and contact information are given. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.