ERIC Number: ED448234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Ending Social Promotion: Early Lessons Learned. A Report on Early Lessons Learned in the Efforts To End Social Promotion in the Nation's Public Schools.
Eisner, Caroline, Ed.
This report presents information from a conference of leaders from districts and states that have been implementing policies to end social promotion. Discussions examined: goals for ending social promotion; promising intervention strategies (using comprehensive accountability systems, using multiple measures to determine grade placement, offering extended learning time for at-risk students, restructuring school days to provide in-class support, and offering professional support to teachers and principals); major challenges (finding time and resources to provide teachers with necessary professional development opportunities and building public support for higher standards); and general principles and experiences that should influence future practices and policies (e.g., the idea that if the money is not available to put support systems in place, do not talk about accountability, and policies that increase student accountability can also have profound effects on teachers). The vision of school improvement held by teachers, administrators, and political leaders must be comprehensive. No such policy can be implemented without providing additional educational opportunities for students. Multiple student assessment measures must be used. Support for such policies must be developed by explaining to parents and teachers that greater rigor will be expected of students, but safeguards are in place for handling problems that occur. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.