ERIC Number: ED448227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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Embedded Research in Practice: A Study of Systemic Reform in Milwaukee Public Schools.
Webb, Norman L.
This paper describes the Study of Systemic Reform in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), an embedded research project that crossed the lines between objectivity and subjectivity, technical assistance and evaluation, and qualitative and quantitative research. The project created a collaboration between researchers at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and staff at MPS to develop a higher level of analytic and management capacity for shaping and guiding a set of reform efforts. The embedded research was guided by a theory of systemic reform that required the alignment of system components within the district. The research also incorporated system and school accountability and assessment principles, including consequential validity and the use of multiple measures. Inputs from the district included newly adopted standards and grade level expectations, an assessment system that incorporated a variety of measures and that drove instruction (but did not have the resources to develop psychometrically sound instruments); a strong Middle School Principal's Collaborative and coherence in the middle grades; a newly adopted district-wide mathematics curriculum for the middle grades; a data warehouse system under development; and a new administration that is decentralizing the district by moving nearly all decision responsibility to the schools. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Helen Bader Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.
Authoring Institution: N/A