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ERIC Number: ED425539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating the Impact of the Raising School Standards Initiative in Belfast.
Taggart, Brenda; Sammons, Pam
In 1994, the Minister for Education in Northern Ireland announced a major school improvement initiative for Belfast, Raising School Standards (RSS). Aspects pertaining to the management of this school improvement initiative, including the launch and selection of 14 project schools, are examined here. The paper analyzes the process of action planning in schools and addresses three of the initiative's goals: the quality of school management; teaching and learning; and educational standards. Described in detail are the external evaluation of the RSS initiative; the launching of the initiative; the selection of the schools, which included secondary and primary schools; schools' reactions to being included in RSS; the schools' action plans and the elements within the action plan; implementing and improving the action plans; the impact of RSS as indicated by baseline measures, internal evaluations, and questionnaire data; the impact of RSS on school management; areas in which RSS appears to have had the least impact; the impact of RSS on teaching and learning, including curriculum development and teachers' focus on learning; the impact of RSS on secondary school examination results and teachers' focus on pupil outcomes; and the legacy of RSS and challenges for the future. Conclusions reveal mixed findings. (Contains 64 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Belfast)