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Topic: Accountability

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Transforming Education: Delivering on our Promise to Every Child The Council of Chief State School Officers It is imperative that we transform the national education agenda so that each and every child may succeed. This paper identifies four areas of focus that will lead the systems change necessary for a... Read the full article >
Surviving the New Age of Accountability

Surviving the New Age of Accountability

The first day of school for the Wickenburg Unified School District was August 8th – August 8th at 8:00 a.m., to be specific. At precisely 8:10 a.m., during a record heat wave in Arizona, the air conditioning units in Wickenburg High School went down. On the same day, we enrolled... Read the full article >
How States Can Meet the Challenge of College and Career Readiness

How States Can Meet the Challenge of College and Career Readiness

Continuous Improvement Approach It seems simple enough. All states need to do to meet the challenge of college and career readiness for all students is to align all the systems that support the goal. After all, systems alignment is a business principle that has been recognized as effective for decades.... Read the full article >
Strengthening Teacher Evaluation in the Age of Accountability

Strengthening Teacher Evaluation in the Age of Accountability

Teacher accountability in the United States is in a period of transformation. In July 2012, the 26th state received an Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver, marking relief for more than half of the states from many of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. In exchange,... Read the full article >
Key Trends and Implications for Elementary and Secondary Educators and Policy Makers

Key Trends and Implications for Elementary and Secondary Educators and Policy Makers

Accountability is a loaded term. Although it can mean many different things to different people, in the elementary and secondary context, the term has come to represent a set of expectations and obligations associated with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) – which has provided the overarching... Read the full article >
Perspectives from the Business Community: Preparing Students for Success in the Work Place

Perspectives from the Business Community: Preparing Students for Success in the Work Place

Does K-12 education impact students’ preparedness for the work force? Do businesses find that students are prepared to be productive when they first enter the work place? Focused on the theme of Student Preparedness, AdvancED Source interviewed several business professionals seeking the answers to these and other questions. Following is... Read the full article >
Nurturing Positive Relationships with Parents

Nurturing Positive Relationships with Parents

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the boarding school featured in the Harry Potter series, “teachers reign supreme and parents stay away, safely on the other side of the solid brick wall at Platform 9¾… no e-mail, no Internet, only owls to carry the rare letter back and forth,”... Read the full article >
A Culturally Competent Citizenry for the 21st Century

A Culturally Competent Citizenry for the 21st Century

In 1959, noted anthropologist Edward Hall authored a book entitled, The Silent Language. It was a part of every Peace Corps Volunteer’s “book locker” as they headed out to do good work in the farthest reaches of the world. The Silent Language provided the reader with a way to understand... Read the full article >
Legal Brief: Balancing Accountability and Transparency on the Board Level

Legal Brief: Balancing Accountability and Transparency on the Board Level

The call for greater accountability and the recent economic crisis have resulted in communities becoming more observant and demanding of their elected officials and boards. The ability of a school system to effectively meet AdvancED’s Standard 2: Governance and Leadership and Standard 6: Stakeholder Communication and Relationships are inextricably connected... Read the full article >
A New Way of Thinking: Schools as Professional Learning Communities

A New Way of Thinking: Schools as Professional Learning Communities

There is some good news about public education! We know more than we’ve ever known about successful school improvement. In fact, rarely in American history has there been such wide-spread agreement among researchers and practitioners alike regarding how to significantly improve schools. Increasingly, educators across North America are working to... Read the full article >