ERIC Number: ED435777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-29
Effective School Practices: What Works.
Hopkins, Mona S.
This paper describes the Survey of Effective School Practices, which began in 1995-96 to examine key characteristics, common elements, and unique qualities that contributed to having several elementary schools and one middle school in a large Texas school district become state recognized or exemplary. The study involved a survey instrument that measured effective school practices of recognized schools. The survey focused on instructional environment, instructional processes, administration processes, and communication processes. Results indicate seven themes that capture the dynamics of the schools' excellence: high quality teaching, setting high expectations, monitoring standards, rewarding results, using resources that facilitate the teaching process, creating a cooperative work environment, and having effective, frequent communication. What appears to set these schools apart are the commitment, creativity, persistence, and professionalism with which they have gone about the task of instructional implementation. One of the fundamental elements of this success is the collaborative culture that is dedicated to continuous improvement. The survey is appended. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Communication Skills, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Education, Excellence in Education, Institutional Characteristics, School Administration, School Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brownsville Consolidated Independent School District, TX.
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Effective Schools (Houston, TX, October 29, 1999).