ERIC Number: ED462492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Quest for Equity and Excellence in Education: A Study of Whole School Reform in New Jersey Special Needs Districts.
Walker, Elaine M.; Gutmore, Dan
This study investigated factors impinging upon the successful implementation of reform in New Jersey's special needs or Abbott districts. Surveys of 28 Abbott districts examined the extent to which districts embraced remedial measures in the Supreme Court's rulings; perceived compatibility between remedial measures embodied in the reform and prior reform initiatives; level of civic support for the reform; current status of the districts' implementation efforts and resource constraints; perceptions of support from New Jersey's Department of Education (NJDOE); and expressed confidence that factors crucial to bringing about improvement in the educational systems were being critically addressed by the reforms. Overall, districts supported the Supreme Court's remedial mandates, though there was some resistance to reallocating existing funds to support the reform. Nearly half perceived considerable compatibility between the state's implementation directives and some of their prior reform activities. Levels of civic support were uneven. Districts and schools experienced severe capacity problems during the first year of implementation because they had very little time to engage in the necessary capacity building activities. Districts perceived the NJDOE's support to be inadequate. Funds, problems with the NJDOE, and time were the three most serious impediments to implementing reform. The survey instrument is appended. (Contains 47 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Districts, State Departments of Education
Department of Educational Administration and Supervision, Center for Urban Leadership, Renewal and Research, Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079-2685. Tel: 973-275-2735; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.state.nj.us/njded/abbotts/eval/shu.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seton Hall Univ., South Orange, NJ. Center for Urban Leadership, Renewal and Research.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey