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The Longitudinal Evaluation of School Change and Performance (LESCP) in Title I Schools


This study examined changes in student performance in a sample of 71 Title I schools. It followed a longitudinal sample of students as they progressed from 3rd to 5th grade between 1997 and 1999. The LESCP had two objectives: (1) to analyze student outcomes associated with specific aspects of curriculum and instruction; and (2) to determine under which policy conditions -- especially regarding standards-based reform -- potentially effective classrooms practices were likely to flourish. The study was based on data collected in spring 1997, spring 1998, and spring 1999. It included: standardized achievement tests, teacher surveys, interviews with district administrators and principals, focus groups of school staff and parents, classroom observations, collection of state and district policy documents, and information from student records.

Key Findings

Reading Performance

Mathematics Performance

Policy Environment

The report is available in Word and PDF formats, in two volumes: