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ERIC Number: ED505271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 243
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
Pittsburgh Public Schools' Excellence for All: Year 2 Evaluation. Documented Briefing. DB-575-PPS
Tharp-Taylor, Shannah; Nelson, Catherine Awsumb; Hamilton, Laura S.; Yuan, Kun
RAND Corporation
In 2007, the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) requested that the RAND Corporation monitor implementation of year 2 (2007-2008) of the district's Excellence for All (EFA) initiative and provide feedback to district staff, the PPS board, and other stakeholders. In 2008, RAND expanded to a more comprehensive focus on effective implementation of EFA's instructional change, including the rollout of the core curricula, capacity-building efforts, and student outcomes. Recommendations include focusing on areas for improvement, using data to improve instruction, giving teachers flexibility and time to work with coaches, increasing support and reducing reporting requirements, improving communication between district and school-level staff, conducting needs assessments and use them to create action plans, training and evaluating coaches better, sharing strategic plans, and helping teachers and staff connect with students. (Eight chapters include: (1) Introduction; (2) Background; (3) Research Context; (4) Data Sources; (5) Domains of Interest and Research Questions; (6) Implementation of Curriculum Supports; (7) Summary of Findings, by Research Question; and (8) Recommendations. Four appendixes are included: (1) Teacher Survey and Results; (2) Coach Survey and Results; (3) Principal Survey and Results; and (4) Student Survey and Results. Contains unnumbered figures and boxes, 2 footnotes and 1 table.) [This research was sponsored by the Fund for Excellence, a consortium of Pittsburgh foundations. For "Partners in Pittsburgh Public Schools' Excellence for All Initiative: Findings from the First Year of Implementation. Documented Briefing. DB-544-FFE", see ED499314.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Education
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania