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Virginia's Standards of Accreditation: Using Logic Models to Understand Policy Implementation at the Local Level

Mon, April 8, 10:25 to 11:55am, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 200 Level, Room 202C

Abstract

This state-level policy evaluation uses logic models and program theory frameworks to explore implementation experiences of 4 districts with Virginia’s Standards of Accreditation. Findings indicate that district and school responses vary from reactive attempts to meet standards to strategic approaches in which districts prioritize standards in a bid to change school-level practices more deeply. Recommendations suggest that the state should consider the implications of implementation on local leaders. Leaders must establish priorities and make choices that require communication and guidance from the state. While local leaders are faced with learning to meet these new challenges, those charged with formulating policy and setting expectations should learn from local experiences to help shape policy interpretation to foster successful implementation.

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