ERIC Number: ED498855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Better Schools for a Stronger Detroit: Report of the Strategic Support Teams of the Council of the Great City Schools
Council of the Great City Schools
This report, from the Council of the Great City Schools' "Cities Building Cities" program, examines Detroit Public Schools' instructional program. The main goals of the Council's review were to: (1) compare Detroit with other urban school districts that were raising student performance; (2) propose strategies--based on what was working in other cities--that could raise student achievement in Detroit; (3) determine how well the Detroit schools were implementing the reforms initially proposed; (4) determine whether the Detroit Public Schools were on the right track in their attempts to boost student achievement; (5) judge how likely the district was to see improvements in student achievement; and (6) suggest ways to strengthen public confidence in the Detroit Public Schools. The Council also sought to identify expertise, resources, strategies, and materials from other city school systems across the country that the Detroit Public Schools could use to increase student performance. This report has an Executive Summary that follows this introduction. It outlines steps that the Detroit Public Schools have been taking to raise student achievement and improve communications. Chapter 1 presents a brief overview of the reform efforts in the Detroit Public Schools over the last three years. Chapter 2 summarizes--in narrative and table form--the recommendations that the Strategic Support Teams made to the school district a year ago and the status of their implementation. The text is organized around a set of themes that the research teams have found useful. Chapter 3 summarizes recommendations that the teams made to the district for improving communications and the status of those proposals. The final chapter summarizes and synthesizes the report. Appended are: (1) Individuals Interviewed; (2) Documents Reviewed; (3) Biographical Sketches of Strategic Support Team Members; and (4) About the Organization.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Communications, Educational Change, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education
Council of the Great City Schools. 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 702, Washington, DC 20004. Tel: 202-393-2427; Fax: 202-393-2400; Web site: http://www.cgcs.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001