ERIC Number: ED472992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
School Reform. Trends and Issues.
Coffey, Elizabeth; Lashway, Larry
This article discusses some of the various school-reform strategies that have been implemented since the publication of A Nation at Risk. It opens with an examination of standards-based accountability and some of the concerns and objections surrounding this movement. It asks whether standards are achieving their purpose, looks at the role of state policymakers and school leaders, and encourages leaders to be the champion for standards by focusing on developing capacity, by helping teachers connect standards with the goals and commitments they already have, by using data to focus reform, and by enlisting district-level support. The article then turns to comprehensive school reform and encourages districts that are considering this reform to count the cost, come together, learn about available programs, and make a commitment. Shared decision-making (SDM) is the next strategy that is addressed. Critics complain that SDM adds complexity and ambiguity to the principal's role, diverts teachers' attention from classroom issues, and still leaves school boards accountable. Supporters claim that SDM improves the quality of decisions, strengthens staff morale, and increases school effectiveness. The last strategy examined is market strategies, which encompass school choice, parental decisions, and charter schools. No matter which strategy is chosen, stakeholders must communicate and provide staff development. (Contains 38 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Change Strategies, Comprehensive Programs, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Participative Decision Making
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