ERIC Number: ED447238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Four Models of School Improvement: Successes and Challenges in Reforming Low-Performing, High-Poverty Title I Schools. Report No. 48.
Borman, Geoffrey D.; Rachuba, Laura; Datnow, Amanda; Alberg, Marty; Mac Iver, Martha; Stringfield, Sam; Ross, Steve
In this comprehensive report, four distinct processes for reforming nine low-performing Title I schools in challenging high-poverty contexts are examined. These processes include: (1) a fundamentally grassroots, site-based model of reform; (2) locally mandated school reconstitution; (3) implementation of a proven national reform model, Success for All/Roots & Wings; and (4) implementation of locally administered reform package of Direct Instruction and Core Knowledge. Qualitative case studies of implementation and teaching and learning are presented along with quantitative outcomes in the areas of student achievement and classroom instruction. Findings show that at least one school engaged in each of the four processes showed improvement in several areas, while the others remained stagnant or declined. The potential strengths and weaknesses of each of these popular methods for reforming high poverty schools are discussed. An appendix contains the classroom observation form used in the case studies. (Contains 13 tables and 27 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Poverty, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I