ERIC Number: ED478068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-24
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Painting a School Portrait with Data: One Middle School's Attempt at School Improvement.
Anfara, Vincent A., Jr.; Roney, Kathleen; Mahar, Robert J.
This study used a case study design using both quantitative and qualitative data to document school improvement efforts at one middle school. The findings developed a portrait of the school, and its students, staff, and climate, and made it possible to identify areas for improvement. Data were collected through 44 classroom observations in 2 school years; 34 interviews with teachers, students, staff, and administrators; 6 teacher and 15 student focus groups; and a review of school documents. Data present a profile of this school of approximately 422 students, its teachers and staff, and the educational climate. After the school portrait was presented to teachers, they agreed on these areas that need improvement: (1) better instructional implementation; (2) better curriculum articulation; (3) improved school climate; (4) reduced pace of reform; (5) attention to changing student body characteristics; (6) improvement of the nonteaching work load; and (7) better communication. Although the academic achievement level of the school was relatively high, evidence suggested that this was due in part to student mobility. Also noted was a concern over the effectiveness of leadership from the principal. (Contains 12 figures, 13 tables, and 31 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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