ERIC Number: ED424697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
State Strategies for Building Local Capacity: Addressing the Needs of Standards-Based Reform. CPRE Policy Briefs.
The implementation of standards-based reform has been a goal of state policy makers for the last 10 years. States have also restructured their governance systems with the intention of distributing more authority to local decision-makers. However, even the high standards of this type of reform, and the strong incentives to encourage the change, are not sufficient. "Capacity-building" strategies, which refer to the need to translate high standards and incentives into effective instruction and strong student performance, must be implemented. These strategies, currently being used in eight states are examined, and their promise and continuing challenges are analyzed. Seven areas of the capacity of classrooms essential to improvement in teaching and learning are discussed. These fall under two main headings: (1) classroom level capacities, and (2) school, district, and state organizational capacities. Then four common capacity-building strategies are described, including building external infrastructure to provide professional development and technical assistance; setting professional development and training standards; providing curriculum materials; and organizing and allocating resources. (Contains 18 endnotes.) (JMD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, State Action, Strategic Planning, Technical Assistance
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street, Suite 560, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325; Tel: 215-573-0700; Web site: www.upenn.edu/gse/cpre/
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.