ERIC Number: ED453583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Sustaining Education Reform: Influential Factors.
Organizational change in educational systems' research has provided valuable lessons that address the improvement of schools. School-improvement programs specifically target schools with underachieving and high-poverty populations of students with the intention of improving educational inequities. While these and other current reform initiatives have incorporated recommendations from research regarding the implementation of innovative programs, less is known about enhancing the sustainability of such programs after the initiatives end. To investigate the sustainability of reform initiatives centered in research-based practice, a study of districts was conducted, termed the "Enhancement Initiative," that had initiated a state-sponsored reform effort 10 years prior to the investigation. It established seven focus areas to be addressed by a district involving a sample of its schools. The Enhancement Initiative promoted locally designed, developed, and implemented reform that focused on identifying measurable student learning goals, research-based and innovative instructional strategies, and school-community partnerships. Four districts that had participated in the Enhancement Initiative from 1990 to 1994 were studied nine years after the reform's beginning to determine whether changes that were implemented were sustained. District representatives were questioned about reform changes that had and had not been sustained, and factors that promoted or hindered the retention of changes made under the reform program. The report presents a review of the pertinent research, and then presents the study methodology and results of factors influencing the sustainability of reform. An appendix includes instruments used for case-study interviews. (Contains 42 references.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperation, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Leadership, Public Schools, School Culture, Teacher Improvement
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.
IES Cited: ED565615