ERIC Number: ED438371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Title I in Midstream: The Fight To Improve Schools for Poor Kids. Report of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, Fall 1998. Executive Summary.
Yu, Corrine M., Ed.; Taylor, William L., Ed.
This executive summary, part of a larger study that will include an examination of Title I implementation in selected districts and schools, assesses the extent to which the policies and enforcement practices of the U.S. Department of Education have fulfilled the promise of the recent reauthorization of the Title I program. The summary is organized around five broad sets of questions about the impact of Title I on the academic achievement of poor children: (1) high standards for all; (2) fair and accurate assessments; (3) accountability; (4) adequate teacher capacity to provide all students with the opportunity to achieve; and (5) evidence that reforms can work. The summary finds that Title I has made some difference to poor and minority children, but it has not made enough of a difference to close the persistent achievement gap between poor and nonpoor, and minority and nonminority students. The shortcomings of the program are found to flow in large measure from the failure of federal, state, and local officials to heed the call of the new law to renovate and reform the educational system. There is wide variation in the degree to which the states have complied with the requirement of the new Title I. The summary makes recommendations to address the identified shortcomings of Title I implementation. (SLD)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Minority Groups, Poverty, Standards, Urban Youth
Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, 2000 M St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-659-5565. For full text: http://www.cccr.org/cccr/report12.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Annenberg Foundation, St. Davids, PA.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I