ERIC Number: ED439165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Figuring It Out: Standard-Based Reforms in Urban Middle Grades.
Lewis, Anne C.
Six urban school districts (Chattanooga, Tennessee, Corpus Christi, Texas, Long Beach, California, Louisville, Kentucky, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and San Diego, California) have been pursuing standard-based reform at the middle school level accepting systemic reform as the norm. This report provides descriptions of their approaches, and commentary on the lessons they are learning in the process. The six districts have set content and performance standards under broad guidelines from the Clark Foundation, but they are pursuing reforms to suit their own needs and capacities. The documentation and commentary in this report was gathered over 18 months during several visits to one school in each district, a school selected for special help because of poor academic results. These focus schools are examples of efforts throughout each district, and they provide a closeup of the classrooms in which middle school teachers are trying to transform learning and teaching for students who need such changes the most. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Middle Schools, Program Descriptions, Urban Schools
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, 250 Park Ave., New York, NY 10177-0026. Tel: 212-551-9100; Web site: http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/emclark/index.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.