ERIC Number: ED455329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Districts on the Move: Unified Student Service in Boston Public Schools: Building a Continuum of Services through Standards-Based Reform.
Education Development Center, Newton, MA. National Inst. for Urban School Improvement.
This paper discusses standards-based reform in the Boston Public Schools, exploring the importance of creating a sensible and interdependent relationship between general and special education. Section 1 discusses education reform and special education. Section 2 examines organizational changes to support reform. Section 3 describes conceptual changes to support reform (special education has been viewed as the only service available, resulting in a lack of emphasis and coordination of service options for students without disabilities, and tighter alignment was needed between district and whole-school improvement planning). Section 4 highlights the scope of the United Student Services Team's work (guiding principles, structure and leadership, defining the work, and strategic action). Section 5 presents lessons learned, including the need to: make sure that special education is working well when a unified model is launched; discuss the reorganization with all stakeholders; and make explicit connections between resources and unified support to schools. Section 6 examines future challenges, including more closely aligning services with the needs of students, teachers, and other partners and developing formative evaluations so that progress can be gauged through indicators that show students' progress and provide teachers with data to reflect on their own practices. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Disabilities, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Public Schools, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Urban Schools
National Institute for Urban School Improvement, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458. Tel: 617-969-7100, ext. 2105; Fax: 617-969-3440; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.edc.org/urban.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Newton, MA. National Inst. for Urban School Improvement.