ERIC Number: ED468849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
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The Community Accountability Team in Louisville: Waking a Sleeping Giant.
Lewis, Anne C.
This paper describes Louisville, Kentucky's Community Accountability Team (CAT), which promoted parent and citizen involvement in school reform. It was unique to the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), a large, urban district, and represented a strategy in a rapidly building national movement to make education more transparent and accountable to those it serves. The 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act set the precedent for state action on accountability. Focusing on the middle grades, CAT produced a report to the community that noted the achievement gap between minority and white students, discussed high expectations for student achievement, and addressed two major barriers (student motivation and low expectations). CAT's continuing mobilization of public concern about academic achievement challenged the leadership of the JCPS. As various community groups grappled with the report's information, trust in school district leadership began to erode, and challenges to the leadership arose from the minority community. This paper includes two dissenting commentaries. The first suggests that the report presents misleading information about the JCPS' response to the achievement gap and that some information is incorrect. The second feels that the report portrays an incomplete, biased, and intentionally divisive summary of the work attempted by a group of people sincerely trying to make a positive difference in JCPS middle school achievement. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Black Students, Educational Quality, Leadership, Middle Schools, Minority Group Children, Parent Participation, School Community Relationship, School Districts, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990