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ERIC Number: ED439481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 49
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Improving Student Achievement in Today's High Schools: What Works.
Shields, Marie S.
This paper is based on a study of two high schools in Maine that achieved outstanding and consistent gains in English, math, and science over a 5-year period. Three strands of inquiry were used for the study: surveys, interviews, and observations. A multiple-perspective approach was used to integrate the information so as to evaluate the perspectives of the teachers, the administrators, and the students in comparison to what was actually taking place in the classrooms. Two questions guided the research: What strategies were used to improve student achievement? and What was the culture of those schools? The key finding to emerge was that change was not mandated at either school. No single program of reform or restructuring was followed, and no task force pushed teachers into a single model of change. Rather, teachers were allowed to come to their best judgment about what they should do. Some changes were departmental; many were individual. Teachers felt supported in trying out new ideas but were independent in setting their own pace for change. They felt free to analyze their weaknesses without the fear of criticism or punishment. This context of trust and benevolence was seen as necessary to the gains in student achievement. (Contains approximately 85 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maine