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Technical Report of the Implementation of a System of School Improvement and Accountability (BLUEPRINT 2000) by Five Selected School Districts , Report No. 12246, February 1994
 


  • It is important to remember that with 67 school districts, 347 school board members, 2,694 schools, 105,274 teachers, 2,694 principals and approximately 52,000 SAC members, the implementation of Blueprint 2000 is a tremendous undertaking.
  • Based on information obtained from 5 school districts, we found that: districts and schools have established advisory groups, school advisory groups are involved in various ways in developing school improvement plans, and stakeholders had various perceptions about the implementation of Blueprint 2000.
  • Stakeholders generally felt that Blueprint 2000 would improve the quality of education. Teachers most frequently indicated that their level of support was moderate. The main advantage identified of Blueprint 2000 was the improved planning process. The major disadvantage identified was the time necessary to implement it. The major barrier identified was allocation of resources. Additional barriers cited were that the Commission's Blueprint 2000 and Transition System documents are not clear, and SAC members lack knowledge about school board and statutory waivers. Teachers are also divided as to whether Blueprint 2000 will have a long-term impact or is just a passing fad.
  • We believe over time support for Blueprint 2000 will increase as the Department provides additional training and information to the school districts, the Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability fully develops Blueprint 2000, and the Legislature demonstrates its long-term commitment by not significantly changing Blueprint 2000.
  • The Department has taken several steps to facilitate the implementation of Blueprint 2000. Specifically, the Department has: made organizational changes that it feels will enable it to carry out its roles and responsibilities to assist school districts and schools in implementing Blueprint 2000; provided training and technical assistance to ensure that school districts and schools are able to implement Blueprint 2000; developed a centralized process to handle and approve waiver requests; and developed a survey to assess the effectiveness of its activities to assist school districts.
  • The Commission has made several recommendations on the components of a system of school improvement and accountability and taken steps to fulfill its statutory oversight responsibilities.
  • Report No. 97-70 Follow-up Report on the Review of the Implementation and Impact of Blueprint 2000 Administered by the Department of Education, published in April 1998.
  • Report No.95-54 Supplementary Report on the Implementation and Impact of Blueprint 2000 in Five School Districts and Nineteen Schools Evaluated, published in April 1996.
  • Report No. 95-53 The Implementation and Impact of Blueprint 2000 Administered by the Department of Education, published in April 1996.
  • Report No. 94-09 Blueprint 2000 Detailed Background Report on Five School Districts and Twenty- two Schools Evaluated, published in October 1994.
  • Report No. 94-08 A Review of the Implementation of Blueprint 2000: A Mid-Year Review, 1993-94, published in October 1994.


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