ERIC Number: ED440802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Notes from the Field: KERA in the Classroom.
Notes from the Field: Education Reform in Rural Kentucky, v7 n1 Mar 2000
Since the 1990-91 school year, an ongoing project has studied the implementation of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) in four rural Kentucky school districts. Study methods have included over 1,200 interviews with various stakeholders, observation of over 500 classroom instruction hours, and a comprehensive review of key documents. This issue of "Notes from the Field" focuses on KERA's effects on teaching and learning in elementary schools. Three major themes emerged from the research. First, students have benefited from KERA. These benefits include: improved scores on many standardized tests; increased funding to improve school facilities and provide support programs, technology resources, and classroom materials; more diverse instructional practices and greater inclusion of special education students; and increased parental support and satisfaction. Second, several key components of KERA have not yet been fully realized in study schools. These problems include: difficulties in helping all students achieve at high levels; a shortage of principals who can provide instructional leadership; poor integration of the flexible/ungraded primary program with instruction and assessment in grades 4-12; lack of technology integration into the instructional program; and little teaching of higher-order skills. Third, certain aspects of KERA and its implementation warrant further attention, such as the need to link all reform efforts to the "big picture" of KERA, to restructure teacher time, to provide incentives for continuous teacher improvement, and to use school-based decision making more effectively. Each of the findings is linked to KERA goals and mandates. (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Parent Attitudes, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Teacher Attitudes
AEL, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348 ($2). Tel: 800-624-9120 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.ael.org/rel/policy/note2000.htm.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990