ERIC Number: ED438372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Title I in Midstream: The Fight To Improve Schools for Poor Kids. Report of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, Summer 1999.
Yu, Corrinne M., Ed.; Taylor, William L., Ed.
This report 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 study is organized around five broad sets of questions about the impact of Title I on the academic achievement of poor children, centering on: (1) high standards for all; (2) fair and accurate assessments; (3) accountability; (4) teacher capacity to provide all students with the opportunity to achieve; and (5) evidence that reforms can work. The report 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, minority and nonminority students. There is every reason to believe, however, that the program can be successful in the future. The new Title I reforms, while still in midstream, are sound and workable. Evidence of their positive impact is accumulating in states like Maryland and Texas that had similar standards-based reforms in effect before the reauthorization. The Citizens Commission recommends that Congress ratify the principles of standards-based reform in the 1994 amendments by reauthorizing Title I for at least 5 more years. Congress should also take additional steps to improve the capacity of schools and school districts to help all students reach high standards. An appendix contains selected provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Contains 41 figures.) (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/report15.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Annenberg Foundation, St. Davids, PA.
Authoring Institution: Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I