This research was based on the phenomenon that high quality of education is expected by Indonesia societies as a tool to produce the quality of human resources that can compete globally. For achieving the condition, it needs concrete and strategic operation continually. A breakthrough was made by Indonesia government to generatethe International Standard School based on Act No. 20 of 2003 on National Education System. The central government and or local government have to carry out at least one school at education levels to be developed as the International Standard School.
The purpose of this research was to describe about how the policy of the Pioneer of International Standard School being implemented in Nganjuk Regency, especially in two pilot project schools include: Public Junior High School 1 of Nganjuk and Public Junior High School 1 of Kertosono.
The result of this research was the rapid of regulation about the Pioneer of International Standard School was not accompanied with the readiness on the street level bureaucracy. Unfortunately, the government did not observe about whether the education stakeholders has the readiness to implement it. There are many obstacles, especially in terms of providing budget, human resources development, and facilities. The other influence factor was the culture for out looking to school. The cooperation among stakeholders have not conducted well yet, so the implementation of the Pioneer of International Standard School can not be implemented well. The support from the Local Government in term of providing adequate budget was limited. The three elements of governments include Local Government, Education Agency, and Nganjuk Council have no good will to develop the Pioneer of International Standard School future.
The recommendation from this research that the government should prepare well about the resources will be required on policy implementation. The government should be consistent with the policy that has been decided. Therefore, it did not make many problems in implementing the policy. The Government should develop the Pioneer of International Standard School at the higher level before. Finally, the project goal can be expected successfully because the students from the lower education level can continuethe study to higher education.
Key word: Decentralization of education, education policy, International Standard School, educational governance