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Requirements for Reform

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To win a competitive grant from the new federal Comprehensive School Reform Program, the Department of Education says an applicant must show that its project includes all of the following nine components.
Such a program must:

Be based on "research-based methods and strategies" that have been successful in a variety of schools

Take a comprehensive approach that improves a school's curriculum, management, and parental involvement and sets the goals of improving the achievement of all a school's children.

Offer "high-quality and continuous" teacher and staff development.
Set goals for student performance that can be measured against the academic standards set by the school's state.

Have the support of school staff members.

Provide for the "meaningful involvement of parents" and other community members.

Include assistance from experts experienced in instituting whole-school reforms.

Evaluate success in terms of student achievement.

Cooridnate money from federal, state, local, and private sources to support the school reform.

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