ERIC Number: ED424691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Case Studies of Successful Campuses: Responses to a High-Stakes State Accountability System. Statewide Texas Educational Progress Study, Report No. 2.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research.
School restructuring reforms have placed an increased emphasis on student outcomes as the primary qualitative measure of education systems. The Texas public school accountability system focuses attention on performance measured by standardized test scores (the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test), dropout rates, and attendance rates and highlights the relatively poor performance of minority and economically disadvantaged students. Case studies of Adams Elementary, Baldwin Middle, and Chapa High School in Texas provide the opportunity to explore the responses of effective campuses with highly concentrated populations of minority and economically disadvantaged students to new performance expectations and to identify the activities and practices they have adopted. Systemic data collection in the form of interviews, observation, and document analysis show several patterns across the sites, including: (1) provision of high levels of both academic and nonacademic support for students; (2) a strong sense of teacher-parent and teacher-teacher interdependence within the system; and (3) devotion of extraordinary time and effort to students by all staff members across the board. The three campuses show dramatic improvements in some outcomes and steady growth in others, contradicting assertions that high concentrations of minority and economically disadvantaged students excuse poor performance results. (Contains 1 graph, 4 tables, and 11 references.) (MKW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Case Studies, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Objectives, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Government Publications, Outcome Based Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, School Effectiveness, Student Educational Objectives
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution Division, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494 (Publication Number GE6-600-04; $4).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills