ERIC Number: ED448212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Getting off the List: School Improvement in New York City.
Many programs advocated by civic organizations, parents, and education officials are bringing about positive results in the quality of instruction and services for students in New York City. This report describes the complex process of school improvement as it actually occurred in 10 schools. Members of the Educational Priorities Panel interviewed principals, teachers, and parents at six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools that had been removed from the state's list of low-performing schools. All of these schools serve a high proportion of poor children, and some serve communities with high numbers of recent immigrants. There was one startlingly common pattern among the schools. The principals and their staff members had given their primary attention to solving the problem of low student achievement, and all other strategies emerged from this central focus. The common pattern included a capable principal and a strong school planning committee that focused on developing new instructional strategies. Based on this evaluation of successful schools, recommendations are made for instructional improvement. Case studies of the individual schools are attached, and an appendix contains methodological notes and additional information about the reform process. (Contains 12 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Educational Priorities Panel, New York, NY.