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Enabling High Schools to Assess Schoolwide Results of Reform: A Pilot Test

Citation

Stern, D., Byrnes, M., Levesque, K., & Lauen, D. (2000). Enabling High Schools to Assess Schoolwide Results of Reform: A Pilot Test. Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, University of California, Berkeley.

Abstract

A procedure for assessing and comparing schoolwide change, so that groups of schools could use the resultant information for continuous improvement, was developed. The feasibility of the new assessment procedure was tested by applying the new procedure in 5 schools in the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC) in the San Francisco Bay Area, and 27 schools in the Southern Regional Education Board's High Schools That Work (HSTW) network. Administrators and faculty from both groups of schools met with the researchers conducting the test, and with administrators and faculty from the other schools in their network, to determine whether individual schools' indicators of student achievement and engagement were improving, and explore why improvement was occurring more rapidly at certain schools. The study demonstrated that joint inquiry into comparative data is indeed feasible, and that a collegial process for analyzing comparative data that involves teachers, counselors, and principals may be a useful addition to the evolving set of institutional mechanisms designed to help schools improve. (Contains 21 references and 11 tables/figures. Appended are the 1997-98 school data report created for collected data from BASRC schools and a sample of the site report produced for each participating HSTW school.) (MN)