ERIC Number: ED435136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reinventing School-Based Management: A School Board Guide to School-Based Improvement.
Drury, Darrel W.
This report critiques the movement to decentralize decision making in public education. It provides an indepth examination of school-based management (SBM) with the aim of revealing why this type of reform seems to have had so little payoff for students. It addresses several key questions: What are the objectives of SBM, and are these objectives consistent with an expectation of increased student performance? What is the theoretical basis for SBM and does that theory link SBM to student performance? How fully have SBM programs been implemented? and How can SBM be modified to increase its likelihood of positively influencing student achievement? The report is presented in four chapters. Chapter 1 is devoted to definitions, objectives, and theory underlying SBM, whereas chapter 2 focuses on SBM as it is currently practiced in school districts across America, with an emphasis on the limits of its design and implementation. Chapter 3 presents a proposed model of school-based improvement (SBI), and chapter 4 provides guidance to school boards seeking to implement this new approach. The SBI model, which builds upon existing theory, is offered as an alternative to SBM. Its ultimate objective is to improve school performance and to raise student achievement through a district-wide effort. (Contains 168 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.
Note: An "Executive Summary," separately published in the form of a six-panel brochure, is appended.