ERIC Number: ED461157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Profiles of Progress: What Works in Northwest Title I Schools. By Request Series.
Railsback, Jennifer; Reed, Bracken; Boss, Suzie
The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory asked state department of education staff members of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana to recommend Title I schools that had made significant improvement in student achievement. The Title I schools have schoolwide or targeted assistance and vary in size, grade configuration, diversity, and percentage of low-income students. The turnaround of the 12 schools is profiled, with an address and a contact person provided for each. Then follows a section discussing effective strategies shared by these schools and the supporting research. While specifics of reform may vary, research shows that it is an ongoing process of determining goals and benchmarks by conducting needs assessments, using data to guide decision-making, aligning goals for student performance with state and local standards, and evaluating results to fine-tune reform strategies. There is a shared vision of excellence and equity, with students and staff engaged in learning. Adequate resources, a positive school climate, and effective collaborative leadership prevail. Parent and community involvement is welcome, and decision-making is based on data. School leaders play a critical role, and districts can support school reform by investing in professional development of principals in creating a collaborative culture of continuous learning and improvement. (Contains 21 references.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Models, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 503-275-0666. For full text: http://www.nwrel.org/request.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Idaho; Montana; Oregon; Washington