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ERIC Number: ED432024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-13
Pages: 30
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The Goals of School Improvement: A View from the Field.
Flanders, Anne K.
This paper reports on a study that described the early stages of implementation of an external-reform model developed by a voluntary school-accrediting agency. The article centers on findings taken from 637 schools that participated in the program called Outcomes Accreditation (OA). The study examined the goals and expectations for improved student learning set by schools pursuing OA from 1987 through 1994. Three questions guided the research: What targets did schools select for improvement? Were the schools' expectations for improved learner outcomes guided by the accrediting agency's criteria for OA? and Do school characteristics and other factors make a difference in target identification or improvement expectations? The findings show that schools identified similar improvement targets from year to year. The targets that received attention in initial school-improvement efforts were constant, regardless of year, school characteristics, or state. For the schools participating in the study, a great deal of standardization already existed for what would first be improved in student learning. However, schools were flexible and amenable to policies that required them to change, though it took time to incorporate these policies into their intentions for improved student learning. The widespread acceptance of external guidelines moved the schools closer to having standardized expectations for improved quality with equity. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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