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ERIC Number: ED466637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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Construction of District 2's Exemplary Status: When Research and Public Relations Elide.
Weiner, Lois
This study used high-profile research on a school district to construct a case study of how a political context that presents urban schools as unsalvageable has also resulted in a research stripped of critique. The study compared published reports about district (District 2) accomplishments to data on school achievement and school demographics on state and city reports and analyzed the data in light of the authors insider knowledge as a parent-activist. The examination reveals important aspects of District 2s record that have not been explored, the most glaring of which is the intense social and racial stratification among the schools and the lack of clear evidence that its implementation of an instructional delivery system built on national standards has been successful. Comparison of schoolwide achievement between District 2 and District 25 (Queens, New York) indicates that the description by some researchers of District 2s model of systemic reform as exemplary is, at the least, questionable, and may have obscured hard questions about District 2s ability to diminish achievement differentials that correlate closely with segregation, race, and poverty. (Contains 6 tables and 25 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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