ERIC Number: EJ826265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Systemic Reform and Organizational Change
Fusarelli, Bonnie C.; Fusarelli, Lance D.
Planning and Changing, v34 n3-4 p169-177 2003
In this article, the authors explore whether educational systems have the institutional capacity to implement comprehensive, systemic reform, as envisioned in legislation such as No Child Left Behind. Drawing upon evidence from various state-level reform initiatives, the authors highlight the ways in which systemic reform appears to positively impact organizational change. However, they caution that systemic reform initiatives are uneven across the states and may produce unintended consequences, including perverse incentives to lower academic standards for students to give the appearance of making adequate yearly progress toward systemic reform objectives. The authors recommend that researchers carefully study the impact of systemic reform initiatives on students and on the institutional changes occurring in the American educational system.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Academic Standards, Organizational Change, Educational Change, Educational Indicators, Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. College of Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5900, Normal, IL 61790-5900. Tel: 309-438-2399; Fax: 309-438-8683; Web site: http://education.illinoisstate.edu/planning/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills