ERIC Number: ED451602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
District Approaches to Education Reform. The Laboratory Network Program's Curriculum, Learning, and Instruction Project.
Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO.
A study, begun in 1996, was designed to examine policy regarding implementing curriculum reform across the nation at the state, district, and school levels. This report presents findings from phase two of the three-phase research project. The second and third phases of the research project focus, respectively, on district- and school-level efforts to implement reform. Two of these districts have large proportions of English Language Learners; two have populations of highly mobile students from families of migrant workers; and two have populations of students from families with incomes below the national poverty level. In the first two phases of this study, the influence of policy and practice at two systemic levels--state and district--was examined. The districts used different approaches to implement educational reform. As expected, because of the selection process, they have all engaged in extensive work to develop or adopt standards, assessments of standards, curriculum aligned with standards, and instructional development, particularly to fund the time and learning opportunities for teachers and administrators to understand reform goals and practices. Consistent, supportive leadership focused on the success of reforms, and was reported by district respondents as highly important to local implementation efforts. (Contains 15 references.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Instructional Improvement, Learning Experience, Public Schools, School Districts
Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, 2550 South Parker Road, Suite 500, Aurora, CO 80014-1678. Tel: 303-337-0990; Fax: 303-337-3005; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.mcrel.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Aurora, CO.