ERIC Number: ED497890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Redesigning Schools to Raise Achievement. Where We Stand. Item Number 39-0232
American Federation of Teachers
This document contains resolution text adopted by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in July 1998 regarding Redesigning Low-Performing Schools. A Question & Answer section follows the resolution, addressing the following issues: (1) Union support for redesign or closure of low-performing schools; (2) Indicators of low-performing schools (lack of academic standards; low student performance; lack of improvement over time; high levels of disruption and violence; high rates of absenteeism (both student and staff); high dropout rates; high staff turnover rates; negative school atmosphere); (3) Features of effective school redesign (grounded in high academic standards; high standards of behavior are enforced; clear and understandable criteria to identify low-performing schools; particular needs of individual schools; research-based; staff involvement); (4) Reasons for low-performing schools to select effective research-based programs; and (5) Ensuring that identified schools effectively implement appropriate programs. Background information (Mike Rose) discusses what can and must be done on the part of AFT to assist struggling schools, either through improvement or, as last resort, through closure and redesign. Specific examples are cited. The document concludes with additional reading suggestions: both AFT publications and external publications are included.
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Unions, Educational Improvement, Educational Indicators, Low Achievement, Program Implementation, Academic Achievement, Educational Quality, Educational Assessment, School Effectiveness, Professional Development, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Formative Evaluation
American Federation of Teachers. 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-879-4400; Web site: http://www.aft.org
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.