ERIC Number: ED478908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Urban School Key Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education: 2001. Volume 1.
Kim, Jason J.; Crasco, Linda M.; Leavitt, David J.; Karantonis, Ana
In 1994, the National Science Foundation (NSF) launched the Urban Systemic Initiative (USI) program, applying lessons learned from the Initial State Systemic Initiative (SSI) program to the problems of inner city school systems. The USI program was offered to cities with the largest number of K-12 students living in poverty. Five cohorts of cities signed cooperative agreements with NSF for a five-year concerted system-wide effort to promote standards-based reform in mathematics, science, and technology (MST). The NSF investment was meant to be a catalyst for large-scale educational change affecting standards, curriculum, assessment, professional development, partnerships, and convergence of intellectual and fiscal resources with constant attention to improving student achievement. Over the course of the systemic initiative programs, NSF developed a theoretical structure for systemic reform that is based on six "drivers", including four process drivers and two student outcome drivers as well as a number of cross-cutting issues such as equity, quality, scaling up, coordination, and organization. Systemic Research, Inc. received a three-year grant to explore the impact of the NSF's USI program on student achievement and the learning infrastructure in urban school districts by examining relationships among the process drivers (factor or independent variables), and outcome drivers (system output or dependent variables). The intent was to establish an inferential causal structure that allows reasonable attribution of impacts to program elements. As an instrument for systemic analysis, Key Indicator Data System (KIDS) was used. Results of the study allow broader dissemination of successful systemic initiative models based on a reverse engineering approach. Results of the analysis are organized into three volumes: (1) Volume I: Cohort 93; (2) Volume II: Cohort 94; and (3) Volume III: Cohort 95, 97, and 99 School Districts. (Author/SOE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, Science Education, Standards, Technology Education, Urban Areas
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.
Note: Produced in conjunction with College Board, Educational Testing Service, and Systemic Research, Inc.