Testimony to the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives

by Paul Berman


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Testimony submitted to Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education, House Committee on Education and Labor. This paper summarizes findings of RAND's change agent study, and lists RAND's recommendations for ESEA, Title IV Consolidated Programs, Part C. Federal change agent policies did stimulate school districts to undertake new projects; however, there were implementation difficulties and failures to continue after federal funding. Successful educational change requires local leadership, competent teachers, and school districts with good management skills and institutional capacity to sustain planned change. The study recommends: (1) The discretionary funds provided by Title IV C are needed and should be continued. (2) States should award Title IV C funds on a competitive basis but within targeted priorities. (3) There should be three types of grants — planning, implementation, and incorporation grants. (4) Ten percent of funds should go toward leadership training and staff development.

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