The Implementation of the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program: The Work of 40 Schools in Seven Midwest States.Report as inadecuate

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The Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) Program was established through Public Law 105-78, the 1998 Department of Education Appropriations Act. CSRD provides financial assistance to underachieving schools implementing comprehensive school-reform programs that are based on reliable research and effective practices. It intends to stimulate reform by incorporating a comprehensive reform design, support within the school, measurable goals for student performance, effective research-based methods and strategies, professional development, external technical support and assistance, parental and community involvement, coordination of resources, and evaluation strategies. This study used case studies of 40 schools and a written survey distributed to principals and selected teachers in CSRD schools to examine CSRD implementation. Most schools examined served high-poverty, highly mobile populations with large concentrations of non-Caucasian students. School staff generally supported comprehensive school-reform efforts. Most schools were able to coordinate different funding resources to support reform efforts. Achievement of success was challenged where high principal and teacher turnover made it difficult to maintain the momentum of the reform, or changes in external assistance providers slowed progress. Further study is needed to determine whether and how these schools can sustain their reform momentum. Three appendices contain data-collection instruments for different site visits. (Contains 35 exhibits.) (RT)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Implementation

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Author: Faddis, Bonnie J.; Beam, Margaret; Hahn, Karen J.; Willardson, Marlyn; Sipe, Deborah; Ahrens-Gray, Paul


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