ERIC Number: ED467446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Defining, Measuring and Supporting Success: Meeting the Challenges of Comprehensive School Reform Research. CSR Connection.
Appelbaum, Deborah; Schwartzbeck, Terri Duggan
Many educators believe that comprehensive school reform (CSR) holds real promise for improving schools, as many CSR programs are based in research and have documented success. However, in the past year, there has been increased emphasis on CSR programs' evidence of effectiveness and scrutiny of CSR evaluations' degree of rigor. Questions exist about how CSR should be evaluated. CSR researchers met to discuss these issues. Conversation topics coalesced around the following topics: goals of CSR and definitions of "success"; methods of measuring success in a CSR context; and the critical role of the district in the success of reform. Recommendations include developing common measures of achievement and implementation, coming to some agreement about what is "significant" student progress, constructing a method to analyze data across studies with different measures, and developing universal standards for good implementation. Some unanswered questions are: What are source-allocation mechanisms and how do they facilitate CSR implementation? and How can a deeper understanding of theories of change be fostered, including an understanding of school readiness, the fit between models and schools, the mutual adaptation of a school and a design, and reform within rapidly changing schools? A list of meeting participants concludes the report. (RT)
Descriptors: Comprehensive Programs, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Meetings, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Success
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform, Washington, DC.