ERIC Number: ED428163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Core Curriculum, 1996-97. Research Report on an Educational Program.
Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Accountability.
The purpose of this evaluation is to describe the current level of implementation in the high schools and to document the progress of the 3-year implementation plan of the allocated resources in the Houston Independent School District (Texas). How curriculum changes affected educational programming in the high schools, the characteristics of the first group of students to graduate with the new 24-credit hour requirement, the reactions of administrators to the new requirements, and recommendations from district administrators to enhance program implementation were studied. The implementation influenced scheduling at most HISD high schools, with alternate scheduling models selected as responses to the increase in credits needed for graduation. Teacher shortages in some areas and a lack of science laboratories and technology centers have resulted from the implementation. Principals considered finding teachers for the new required courses as their number one priority under the new program. A sample group of ninth graders was identified to provide baseline information on the first group of students who will graduate under the new requirements. Recommendations center on increasing the number of contact hours students must attend in addition to increasing the credit hours they must earn and evaluating the effects of innovative scheduling on student learning. Additional communication and staff training are also recommended. Appendixes list the schools, contain the administrator interview for the study, show laboratory completion schedules, and describe student demographics. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Accountability.