ERIC Number: ED456513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Making Good Choices: Districts Take the Lead. Comprehensive School Reform.
North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
Public schools across the country are aiming to improve student performance by engaging in comprehensive school reform (CSR). This guide was created to help school districts make CSR an integral part of their strategies for improving student achievement. Five components for CSR are described: (1) Strategizing, whereby the district supports CSR by setting overall standards and goals, allocating resources, and evaluating progress over time; (2) Building Support, whereby the district informs stakeholders and gains the buy-in of the community in the school-reform process; (3) Facilitating Informed Choice, whereby the district helps each school develop a comprehensive school-reform strategy that meets its needs; (4) Forging a New Compact with Schools, whereby the district gives schools increased authority to pursue reform while holding them accountable for results; and (5) Building Capacity, whereby the district creates a capacity-building system that enables each school to strengthen teaching, learning, and leadership. Each of these components begins with a set of practical Action Steps, Action Questions, and Action Tools for exploring, reflecting upon, and organizing actions. A number of assessment tools are included to help in identifying how the district stands relative to the five components and in pinpointing areas in which the district needs immediate attention. (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Board of Education Policy, Community Support, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, School Based Management, School Districts
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60523-1480. Tel: 800-356-2735 (Toll Free); Web site: http://goal.ncrel.org/catalog/default.asp.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
Note: Contributors include Bryan Hassel, Lenaya Raack, Gina Burkhardt, Melissa Chapko, and Stephanie Blaser.