ERIC Number: ED425883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
School Reform. IDRA Focus.
IDRA Newsletter, v25 n9 Oct 1998
This theme issue addresses school reform, focusing on accountability, attrition, public-supported private education, equitable education, and schoolwide reform. "School-Student Performance and Accountability" (Jose A. Cardenas) discusses what constitutes good performance in school; the shifting emphasis among the input, output, and process of achievement measures; the present burden of accountability on the student; and the invalid use of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) test as a criterion for high school graduation. "The State of School Dropouts in Texas Public High Schools" (Roy Johnson) presents data on student attrition for Texas high schools, 1997-98. Tables break down data by race/ethnicity and county. "Reflections: Celebrating Teachable Moments" (Art Cole) describes four frameworks for creating a critical teaching moment: access, content of information, knowing the student, teacher self-awareness. "Using Public Money for Private Schooling: A Bad Idea for Children" (Maria Robledo Montecel) sees the use of public and private voucher monies as increasing educational inequality, and concludes that public funding should focus on improving public schools. "Who's at the Table? Or Is There Room Enough for All?" (Bradley Scott) explores the question of truly creating equitable educational opportunities. Systemic change requires four transformations: organizational, pedagogical, political, and social and attitudinal. "Systemic Reform and Opportunities with the Schoolwide Vision" (Joe Vigil) compares the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) program and the Schoolwide Program as the means to achieving higher standards and accountability, and describes a "toolkit" for planning, assessing, and revising schoolwide strategies. (SAS)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas