ERIC Number: ED486206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Virtual District, Real Improvement: A Retrospective Evaluation of the Chancellor's District, 1996-2003
Phenix, Deinya; Siegel, Dorothy; Zaltsman, Ariel; Fruchter, Norm
Institute for Education and Social Policy
This paper describes the origins, structure, and components of the Chancellor's District, and details the findings about its outcomes for elementary schools. The Chancellor's District initiative ended in July 2003, with the implementation of a system-wide restructuring policy that reorganized the entire New York City school system. The 32 schools remaining in the Chancellor's District were transferred back to their local sub-districts, which were themselves subsumed into a new regional structure under the chancellor's direct control.Thus the Chancellor's District initiative is now history, and each of the new administrative regions is now responsible for improving its failing schools. But the extent to which the Chancellor's District initiative succeeded in improving performance outcomes, particularly in the failing elementary schools whose outcomes were examined, directly challenges the reigning theories that link school improvement to decentralization, and has important implications for the variety of school- and district-level improvement.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Education and Social Policy.
Identifiers - Location: New York