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Implementing Title I Schoolwide Projects in a Complex Policy Environment [microform] : Integrating Standards and School Reform in the Chicago Public Schools / Gail L. Sunderman and Heidi Mickelsen
Bib ID 5630043
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Sunderman, Gail L
Online Versions
Description [Washington D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1998 
39 p. 

This study examined how recent federal, state, and district policies shape the design and implementation of schoolwide programs for Title I students in the Chicago Public Schools (Illinois). Four inner city elementary schools were selected for the study. Two had academic outcomes higher than expected, and the other two had lower academic outcomes than expected. A comparative case study method was used to study how the schools designed and implemented schoolwide Title I projects, how state and district reform affected the implementation of the Title I programs, and how standards were being implemented in schools with schoolwide projects. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with principals, teachers, Title I coordinators, and teaching assistants. In Chicago, schoolwide Title I programs were scarcely distinguishable from the regular instructional program. Schools in Chicago no longer identify Title I students or pull them out of the regular classroom for instruction. By allocating additional funding to schools with high concentrations of poor students, schools are able to design programs that address the special needs of these students. Schoolwide programs increased the flexibility schools had to design programs that reduce curricular and instructional fragmentation. However, schools differed in how they allocated Title I resources. Study findings show that the policy environment in which schools operate influences how they design and implement their Title I schoolwide programs. (Contains 3 tables and 14 references.) (SLD)


Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: RJ96006301.

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Case Studies.  |  Compensatory Education.  |  Disadvantaged Youth.  |  Educational Change.  |  Educational Policy.  |  Educational Practices.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Political Influences.  |  Program Implementation.  |  Public Policy.  |  Urban Schools.  |  Chicago Public Schools IL Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I  |  Improving Americas Schools Act 1994 Reform Efforts
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Mickelsen, Heidi, author  |  North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL
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