ERIC Number: ED473892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, Phase One (1996-2001): Summary Report.
Stanford Univ., CA.
This report examines the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC), which aims to change school culture, enhance educational quality for all San Francisco Bay Area students, and close the achievement gap. Among the tools BASRC provides schools to guide the inquiry process when making decisions about change is the Cycle of Inquiry model. This model requires schools to use data and build capacity to analyze, reflect, and act on the basis of evidence. Evaluation of the first phase of the BASRC examined overall student outcomes and assumptions about cause-effect relationships grounding BASRC's explicit and implicit theories about how and why the initiative will work. Data came from longitudinal case studies of 10 diverse leadership schools documenting schools' experiences with BASRC work and efforts to implement inquiry practices; field-based research with a broader set of 21 leadership schools; surveys of teachers, principals, and reform coordinators; analysis of Review of Progress documents and surveys; and examination of California Department of Education data on school characteristics and student assessments. Leadership schools made progress on closing between-school, but not within-school, achievement gaps, and most schools made progress on inquiry. Lessons learned include: inquiry can change school culture, and significant time is needed to implement inquiry-based reform. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Data Analysis, Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Evaluation Methods, Inquiry, Public Schools, School Culture
Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, 181 Fremont Street, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-2208. Tel: 415-348-5500; Fax: 415-348-1340; Web site: http://www.basrc.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.; Annenberg Foundation, St. Davids, PA.; San Francisco Foundation, CA.; Stuart Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA.