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ERIC Number: ED478721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-21
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Comprehensive School Reform: A Multi-Site Replicated Experiment.
Sterbinsky, Allan; Ross, Steven; Redfield, Doris
For schools to spend Title I funds on comprehensive school reform (CSR) programs under the No Child Left Behind Act, there must be empirical evidence of significant improvement in the academic achievement of CSR students. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of convincing evidence that CSR programs have a positive impact on student achievement. Over a 2-year period, the effectiveness of five CSR models was assessed in 24 low-performing elementary schools in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. CSR models implemented at the schools included Success for All, Different Ways of Knowing, Balanced Early Literacy Initiative (a locally developed model), Direct Instruction, and Core Knowledge. Twelve CSR schools were matched with 12 control schools. Data were collected from teacher surveys, systematic classroom observations, and individually administered reading tests. Results indicate that CSR teachers used more direct instruction and performance assessment than did teachers at control schools, and urban CSR schools used significantly more ability groups, cooperative learning, and work centers than did rural CSR schools. Control schools used more independent seatwork than did CSR schools. Teachers at CSR schools were significantly more positive about school leadership, support, capacity, pedagogy, and outcomes than were those from control schools. Students at CSR schools outperformed those at control schools on two reading achievement tests. Rural schools had higher reading achievement scores than urban schools, consistent with the significantly higher use of sustained reading in rural schools. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001