ERIC Number: ED430268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Making Standards Work: Active Voices, Focused Learning.
Lake, Robin J.; Hill, Paul T.; O'Toole, Lauren; Celio, Mary Beth
This report is based on a survey of two statewide samples of elementary schools whose fourth-grade students took a state test in reading, writing, mathematics, and listening. The first sample was a group of 30 schools whose scores had improved significantly from 1997 to 1998. The second sample was a comparison group of 10 schools that served demographically similar students and were located in the same parts of the state as the first group but whose scores had improved only slightly or not at all. The principals of the schools, or a principal's designee, were also interviewed. Findings indicate that schools that made significant gains in test scores took a proactive approach toward improvement. Principals and teachers in these schools assessed strengths and weaknesses, set a limited number of priorities, focused on improving instruction, and took the initiative to find the help the school needed. It was also found that effective changes in teaching methods and materials were focused and schoolwide, not random and fragmented; that improving schools operate as teams; that professional development is school development; that performance pressure is positive when it leads to determination, not to fear; and that improving schools do not wait for help as they make strategic use of limited resources. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Comparative Analysis, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Intermediate Grades, Program Effectiveness, State Surveys
Web site: http://www.crpe.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Identifiers - Location: Washington