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ERIC Number: ED498320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 47
Changing District Culture and Capacity: The Impact of the Merck Institute for Science Education Partnership. CPRE Research Report Series. RR-054
Corcoran, Tom; Lawrence, Nancy
Consortium for Policy Research in Education
In 1993, Merck & Co., Inc. began an endeavor to make a significant and visible commitment to improving science education by creating the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) and supported the new venture with a 10-year, $20-million financial commitment. From its inception, MISE had two goals: to raise the interest, participation, and performance of public school students in science, and to demonstrate to other businesses that direct, focused involvement would hasten the improvement of science teaching and learning in the public schools. MISE initiated its work by forming partnerships with four public school districts--Linden, Rahway, and Readington Township in New Jersey, and North Penn in Pennsylvania--where Merck has major facilities. The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), based at the University of Pennsylvania, was contracted by MISE in 1993 to document the implementation of the initiative and assess its impact on districts, schools, classrooms, and students. Throughout the evaluation, CPRE conducted interviews with teachers, instructional leaders, and district personnel; surveyed teachers; developed case studies of schools; and examined student achievement data in order to provide feedback on the progress of the MISE Partnership. This report begins by examining the literature on the district role in instructional improvement. Then, the authors briefly describe the work of MISE and its partner school districts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and the impact that this Partnership has had on the four districts. Finally, they offer some lessons drawn from this experience, and a framework for thinking about the development of district capacity to support instructional change. The following are appended: (1) Annual Reports on CPRE's Evaluation of the Merck Institute for Science Education; and (2) Additional Publications about the Merck Institute for Science Education. (Contains 4 tables and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001