ERIC Number: ED425511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons from New American Schools' Scale-Up Phase: Prospects for Bringing Designs to Multiple Schools.
Bodilly, Susan J.
In 1991, New American Schools (NAS) was established to help schools transform themselves into high-performing organizations. Findings drawn from an implementation analysis of the first 2 years (1995-1997) of a 5-year plan are reported in this book. The plan involved an NAS partnership with 10 jurisdictions, its goal being to increase the number of schools within jurisdictions that adopted NAS designs to improve student performance. The key questions were: "Did schools implement the designs and to what extent?" and "Why did some schools make more progress than others toward implementation goals?" For the study, 40 schools in 7 districts were evaluated using document reviews, interviews of school and district staff, and the observation of school activities. With these data, each school's implementation level was assessed against the particular design being adopted. Results show significant variation in implementation, which ranged from no implementation to advanced stages of planning, piloting, implementing, and fulfilling. Approximately 50 percent of the schools were at the implementing and fulfilling levels. Of the 33 schools that had been implementing for 2 years, 18 were at the 2 highest levels. Various influences on implementation, such as school climate, design and team factors, school structural and site factors, and jurisdictional and institutional factors, are detailed. (RJM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Longitudinal Studies, Models, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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IES Cited: ED565615