ERIC Number: ED468051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Principles of Learning Evaluation Report, 2000-2001.
In July 2000, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) launched a partnership for the 2000-2001 school year with the University of Pittsburghs Institute for Learning to provide a framework for guiding leadership and classroom practices to ensure that all students in the district have the opportunity to reach the high standards of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) program. This report presents information for decision makers about the implementation of the Principles of Learning initiative during its first year and to make recommendations for program improvement as the Principles of Learning are more fully adopted in the AISD. Information about the implementation was gathered through surveys of 400 teachers, 107 principals, 80 instructional specialists, and 5 area superintendents on indicators about communication and participation. Professional development for educators at all levels in the district was a major part of the work involved in this program. Area superintendents also conducted campus visits known as Learning Walks, which gave campus staff more opportunities to learn about the principle of Clear Expectations, part of the program. Evaluation findings show that staff at all levels are learning about the initiative and beginning to implement the practices associated with Clear Expectations.Implementation is uneven across the district, but data show that it has begun. Recommendations for program improvement center on the need to include teachers in professional development activities, include more examples of the Principles, and provide a more global district perspective. (Contains 5 tables, 11 figures, and 4 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.