Effect of the Florida A+ Plan on curriculum and instruction in Title I public elementary schools

Sharon Margaret Lopez, Florida International University

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to study the effect of the Florida A+ Plan accountability program on curriculum and instruction in four Title I public elementary schools in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. It focused on the experiences of the school principals and the classroom teachers of the four schools as they related to curriculum and instruction. The study included an analysis of the school improvement plans in curriculum and instruction for each school during the school years 1998-2004. ^ The study was conducted in the format of interviews with the school principals and principal selected classroom teachers who taught third, fourth, or fifth grade during the first six years of the Florida A+ Plan. The analysis of the school improvement plans focused on the implementation of curriculum and instruction for each of the four schools. It focused on the goals and measurable objectives selected by each school to improve its instructional program in the academic subjects of reading, mathematics, writing, and science. ^ The findings indicated that under the pressure to improve their school grade on the Florida A+ Plan, each of the target schools, based on individual needs assessments, and restructured their instructional program each school year as documented in their school improvement plans. They altered their programs by analyzing student performance data to realign curriculum and instruction. The analysis of the interviews with the principals and the teachers showed that each school year they restructured their program to align it with the FCAT content. This realigning was a collaborative effort on the part of the administration and the instructional staff. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Education, Elementary|Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Recommended Citation

Lopez, Sharon Margaret, "Effect of the Florida A+ Plan on curriculum and instruction in Title I public elementary schools" (2006). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI3217574.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3217574

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