ERIC Number: ED475100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Making Changes That Improve Student Achievement: A School Boards Guide to Reform and Restructuring.
California School Boards Association, Sacramento.
This handbook is intended to provide information and guidance to school boards as they consider their role in school reform and restructuring. It begins with an outline of essential components of successful school reform, as well as factors that retard reform, so that boards can learn from the experiences of others and evaluate reforms against these criteria. It continues with an overview of the areas of reform, focusing on a comprehensive approach that may involve changes in the following areas: (1) curriculum and instruction; (2) professional development of faculty and staff; (3) governance and structure of schools and districts; (4) school-finance structures; (5) facilities improvement; (6) parent and community involvement; (7) student support services; and (8) accountability. The handbook concludes with a discussion of the roles and responsibilities of governing boards in reform and restructuring. Although often not included in reform efforts in the past--because of an emphasis on decentralized decision-making and site-level change--boards have the power to support, or inhibit, meaningful change through their vision, policy creation, and other efforts. Appended is a collection of examples of state and national reform models and initiatives currently being implemented by schools and districts. (Contains 25 references.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Change Agents, Community Leaders, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Outcomes of Education, Personnel Management, School Restructuring
California School Boards Association, 3100 Beacon Blvd., West Sacramento, CA 95691. Tel: 800-266-3382 (Toll Free); Fax: 916-371-3407; Web site: http://www.csba.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California School Boards Association, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California