NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ955909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
Downward Spirals, Boiled Frogs, and Catastrophes: Examining the Rate of School Decline
Hochbein, Craig
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v11 n1 p66-91 2012
The purpose of this study is to determine the validity of common assumptions about the rate at which school decline manifests. From a population of 981 elementary schools in the state of Virginia, the author uses three operational definitions of school decline to identify samples of declining schools: Absolute (n = 217), Relational (n = 510), and Crossing the Line (n = 165). Descriptive data and latent growth model results indicated that catastrophic declines and downward spirals rarely exist. Instead, analyses suggested temporal improvements possibly mask the longitudinal negative trend of declining school performance. (Contains 5 tables and 4 figures.)
Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia