ERIC Number: ED467990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
RSI Survey Report.
Russon, Craig; Stark, Louisa; Horn, Jerry
Since 1994, the National Science Foundation has funded Rural Systemic Initiatives (RSI), a set of systemic reforms to enhance math, science, and technology education in economically disadvantaged, rural areas through instructional and policy reform and community development activities. As part of an evaluation of the program, surveys were sent to each school district in the Delta RSI; the Appalachian RSI; and the UCAN RSI, which consisted of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada. Findings indicate that elementary schools had the highest level of participation in RSIs. RSIs employed one of two different strategies: provision of a very broad menu of services to everyone, or provision of core services to everyone and supplementation with other services in certain schools. Professional development was listed as the most effective RSI activity. Curriculum-related activities were also reported to be among the most effective RSI activities. Factors that facilitated education reform were administrative support and state education standards. Barriers to reform were lack of money and lab equipment and low expectations for students. RSI participation most influenced math assessment alignment with standards; emphasis on strengthening science, math, and technology; and curriculum implementation. RSI least influenced teacher-student ratios, minority test scores, and the percentage of students taking advanced placement courses. Some of the most effective benefits provided by RSI were equipment/materials, consultants, and funding. Activities that led to school staff going beyond the confines of their buildings were beneficial because they led to increased communication with the community and other schools. (Contains 24 data tables.) (TD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Involvement, Curriculum Development, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Mathematics Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Science Education
For full text: http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/rse/rsi_survey_report.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo. Evaluation Center.