Linda Sienkowicz, principal of Piccolo Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois, discusses this "implementation dip" at her school.
"I have read research that says it takes three or four year after a change before you see improvement in test scores, so with that in mind, what I really worked on was putting the school in order, getting everyone on the right track, setting these guiding principles. I personally was surprised at the end of 1992, our overall school achievement rose by six and a half percent. On the Iowa test scores. That I considered a significant gain."
This Critical Issue summary was researched and written by Kent Peterson, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Date posted: 1995