ERIC Number: ED478986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
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Best Policies and Practices in Urban Educational Reform: A Summary of Empirical Analysis Focusing on Student Achievements and Equity.
Kim, Jason J.; Crasco, Linda M.
Under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, 22 urban school districts have been involved in a long-term educational reform through the Urban Systemic Initiative (USI) program since 1994. This paper presents a brief summary of findings regarding best policies and practices in the educational reform effort focusing on student achievement in mathematics and science. The USI has been based on six educational reform drivers: four process drivers and two student outcome drivers. The evaluative study team collected quantitative and qualitative data from 22 USI sites using the Key Indicator Data Collection System, a district-level data collection instrument based on a cross-site longitudinal evaluative framework. The data collection effort was supplemented by interviews, document reviews, and site visits. The evaluation confirmed positive linkages between the USI policy implementation rubrics and student outcomes. The six reform drivers provided a visionary direction for systemwide educational reform for most USI sites. The four process drivers worked dynamically together to improve the two outcome driversstudent achievement and gap eliminationthat are the overarching goals of the systemic initiatives. A graphical representation shows the links among rubrics and outcomes as a "schoolhouse" in which the foundation is the Belief System. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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