ERIC Number: ED423343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Children Achieving: Philadelphia's Education Reform. A Second-Year Evaluation. Executive Summary. Progress Report Series 1996-97.
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.; Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.; OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Philadelphia, PA.
The 1996-97 school year was the second year of the Children Achieving reform initiative in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). This summary describes findings from this second-year evaluation. The evaluation team conducted interviews and observations in 21 schools and 14 clusters, interviewing education reform leaders in the school district and throughout the city. More than 300 people were interviewed, including 116 teachers, and more than 7,000 teachers and school staff completed surveys about the reform. Overall, the school district has moved ahead in many ways, but the evaluation team identified four constraints that have influenced or impeded progress. These are: (1) the struggle of the central office to find the right balance between providing sufficient guidance to schools and decentralization; (2) effective communication to the teaching staff and the public about the complex elements of the reforms; (3) time allowed for the changed expectations for teachers and other staff members to take effect; and (4) shortages of experienced personnel, especially at the middle management level, to guide and support the reform changes. Schools are beginning to implement the reforms at the classroom level, and the school district is beginning to implement the accountability structure envisioned in Children Achieving. (Contains five tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Cooperation, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Development, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Standards, Urban Education
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street, Suite 560, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325; telephone: 215-573-0700; Children Achieving Challenge, c/o Greater Philadelphia First, 1818 Market Street, Suite 3510, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3681; telephone: 215-575-2200; fax: 215-575-2222.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children Achieving Challenge, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.; Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.; OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Philadelphia, PA.