ERIC Number: ED465196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Facing the Challenges of Whole-School Reform. New American Schools after a Decade.
Berends, Mark; Bodilly, Susan J.; Kirby, Sheila Nataraj
New American Schools (NAS) was formed in 1991 to create and develop whole-school designs that would be adopted by schools throughout the country in order to improve student performance. This book is a retrospective on NAS and draws together the finding from RAND research. Chapter 1, the introduction, gives an overview of NAS, RAND's purpose and analytic tasks, and study organization. Chapter 2 describes the development of NAS and its whole-school concept. Chapter 3 discusses changes in NAS designs. Chapter 4 describes the implementation of NAS designs during the scale-up phase, and chapter 5 discusses implementation of these designs in a high-poverty district. Chapter 6 provides an analysis of the impact of NAS designs on student achievement. Chapter 7 gives conclusions, observations, and policy implications with regard to the future of whole-school designs. This study shows that applied research and continuous evaluation are key to identifying and disseminating best practices to increase student achievement, that states and school districts must develop policies and practices that support school improvement processes and become embedded into a district's culture to ensure they last beyond one dynamic superintendent, and that broad community understanding and support for school redesign must be built. (Contains 131 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Design, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Organization
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; New American Schools Development Corp.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
IES Cited: ED565615