ERIC Number: ED441915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Making Comprehensive School Reform Work. Urban Diversity Series, No. 112.
Comprehensive school reform (CSR) has the potential to help overcome inequities in education, to provide a vehicle for a combination of state and local control, and to allow reform to permeate the classroom. It is instructive and timely to survey the research on CSR models to determine how well the programs are performing. This monograph does not attempt to synthesize the results of evaluations of individual CSR designs. Instead, it focuses on principles learned from evaluations of CSR, especially large-scale implementation of efforts of CSR designs. A section about CSR implementation reviews what is known about: (1) variations in implementation; (2) design choice; (3) principal leadership; (4) politics; (5) support from design teams; (6) resources; and (7) context. The third section considers preliminary findings from research about the effects of comprehensive school reform on student outcomes. Recommendations for implementation of CSR are synthesized, and recommendations are presented for future research. Most of the conclusions that can be drawn about CSR at present focus on implementation. They stress the importance of teacher participation, principal leadership, adequate resources, and contextual factors. An appendix describes CSR models. (Contains 173 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.