ERIC Number: ED454339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Excellence for All Urban Students: Their Accomplishment in Science and Mathematics. Urban Systemic Initiatives.
Kim, Jason J.; Crasco, Linda M.; Smith, Robert B.; Johnson, Greta; Karantonis, Ana; Leavitt, David J.
This report presents findings from an evaluation of the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Urban Systemic Initiative (USI) program in 22 large urban school districts. The USI program has supported educational reform in large public school districts that have a high percentage of students living in poverty and has directed its efforts toward the improvement of mathematics and science achievement in these schools. The NSF's Six Drivers of Systemic Reform provided a framework for USI implementation, focusing on standards-based curriculum and instruction, aligned assessment, policies, professional development, convergence of resources, leadership, and partnerships. The report presents evidence of noteworthy gains in student achievement, with the greatest gains seen in districts participating in the USI program for the longest period of time. Urban students in USI districts have substantially increased their enrollment rates in mathematics and science gatekeeping and higher level courses. Under-represented minority students made even greater enrollment gains than their peers during the same time period, resulting in reduced enrollment disparities. More 11th and 12th graders are taking college entrance examinations, indicating that more students aspire to pursue higher education. These advances are accompanied by evidence that urban districts are developing the infrastructure to sustain achievement gains (policies encouraging enrollment in gatekeeping and higher level mathematics and science courses, strengthened professional development, new ways of managing partnerships and resources, and data-driven accountability systems). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Systemic Research, Inc., Norwood, MA.; ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.; College Board, New York, NY.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.