Comprehensive School Improvement Reform

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School Improvement by Design: Lessons from a Study of Comprehensive School Reform Programs The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (2009) completed a Study of Instruction Improvement for which they evaluated three comprehensive school improvement programs. These programs were the Accelerated Schools Project (ASP), America’s Choice (AC), and Success for All (SFA). For this program evaluation study the author’s followed followed the Logic Model. This study included a sample of 115 elementary schools (31 AC schools, 30 SFA schools, 28 ASP schools, and 26 Comparison schools) located in 17 different states (Rowan et al., 2009, p.17). Three areas of concentration were applied to all programs, the nature of the problem being addressed, the nature of the program itself, and the social context in which the program was implemented. The goals of all three programs were to improve organization and instruction and therefore student achievement. The route at which each of these programs took to get to the goals were different. Any school improvement program will be unsuccessful if the program to be initiated is vastly different than the approaches already in place. Also the success of a program depends on the ability to get the program implemented. Comprehensive school improvement plans include sound instruction and forceful implementation and both must increase student achievement. (Rowan, Correnti, Miller, Camburn, 2009). Accelerated Schools Project The Accelerated Schools Project (ASP) attempted to move school improvement through big change rather than focusing on one curricular area. This program, through staff development attempted, “to define powerful learning as constructivist in nature, with an emphasis on au... ... middle of paper ... ...l Effects of Teachers on Future Student Academic Achievement. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Value-Added Research and Assessment Center. Schmoker, M. (2006). Results now-how we can achieve unprecedented improvements in teaching and learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Schneider, F. J. (2007). Teaching Collaboration to Education Majors. Community College Enterprise, 13(2), 7-25. Stanfield, A. M. (2008). Professional learning communities: A case study of title I middle school educators perceptions and student achievement. North Central University. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 304817896?accountid=34899 The Iowa Professional Development Model Guide to Leading Professional Development in a High School. (2006 August), Iowa Department of Education. Des Moines, Iowa.
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