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School Reform

  • By: Maribeth Gettinger & Kristen Kalymon
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Comprehensive school reform (CSR) is a schoolimprovement approach, especially for low-performing, high-poverty schools, which involves changes in key aspects of a school, from classroom instruction and management to school governance. Rather than adopt strategies to bring about change in individual components (e.g., implementing an innovative reading program, providing a professional development seminar to teachers, adding a computer lab), CSR is an attempt to move toward an overarching framework that guides curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, discipline, and other school elements in an integrated fashion (Traub, 1999). The U.S. Department of Education defines CSR on the basis of 11 components (Table 1). A critical feature of CSR (component 11) is the implementation of practices that have been proved to be effective through scientifically based research; that ...

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