By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on the Independent Evaluation of DC Public Schools
"The District of Columbia (DC) has struggled for many years to enhance its public schooling procedure. In 2007 the DC executive made a daring switch within the means it governs public schooling with the objective of shaking up the process and bringing new strength to efforts to enhance results for college kids. the general public schooling Reform modification Act (PERAA) shifted keep watch over of the city's public faculties from an elected tuition board to the mayor, built a brand new country division of schooling, created the location of chancellor, and made different major administration adjustments. A Plan for comparing the District of Columbia's Public faculties deals a framework for comparing the consequences of PERAA on DC's public faculties. The booklet recommends an overview software that features a systematic each year public reporting of key facts in addition to in-depth stories of high-priority concerns together with: caliber of academics, principals, and different body of workers; caliber of lecture room educating and studying; capability to serve susceptible teenagers and adolescence; merchandising of family members and group engagement; and caliber and fairness of operations, administration, and amenities. As a part of the evaluate application, the Mayor's workplace should still produce an annual report back to town at the prestige of the general public faculties, together with an research of tendencies and all of the underlying information. A Plan for comparing the District of Columbia's Public faculties means that D.C. have interaction neighborhood universities, philanthropic enterprises, and different associations to improve and maintain an infrastructure for ongoing examine and overview of its public faculties. Any potent evaluate software has to be self reliant of college and town leaders and conscious of the wishes of all stakeholders. also, its examine should still meet the top criteria for technical quality."--Publisher's description.
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One can infer from subsequent reports on educational quality in DCPS that these initiatives did not live up to their proponents’ expectations. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that while some past governance structures may have turned out to be ineffective, parts of their reform agendas mirrored those being implemented under PERAA. Virtually all of the changes were prompted in part by the publication of myriad reports, commissioned by civic groups or other third parties, which were critical of the public schools.
A Plan for Evaluating the District of Columbia's Public Schools: From Impressions to Evidence by National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on the Independent Evaluation of DC Public Schools