ERIC Number: ED476926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-24
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An Exploration of How School District Leaders Are Responding to the Connecticut Academic Achievement Test (CAPT).
Negroni, Italia A.; Iwanicki, Edward F.
This study focused on how school district leaders in Connecticut are translating educational reform policies into instructional practice. It explored how school improvement initiatives were being implemented to improve student performance on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) and examined the ways in which these initiatives were integrated with staff development support and reinforced through teacher evaluation processes. Preliminary data were gathered though a quantitative survey with some open-ended questions, and then followup in-person and telephone interviews were conducted with 114 principals to probe selected responses more deeply. In general, study findings show that the CAPT has had an impact on educational reform in Connecticut, especially in the areas of curriculum and assessment reform in Connecticut. The strongest effects have been in the area of aligning curriculum standards with the CAPT and in the area of using CAPT-like assessments such as holistic scoring and rubrics. In urban districts with lower socioeconomic profiles, principals appeared concerned about having to apply a "one size fits all" kind of assessment to their students. Study findings also show that some meaningful strides have been made in linking staff development to school improvement initiatives. Findings also show that teacher evaluation has been the least impacted in terms of integration with staff development and school improvement initiatives. The doctoral dissertation on which this conference paper is based, "An Exploration of How School District Leaders Are Responding to the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT)," by Italia Ann-Terrone Negroni, is attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut