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Topic: Continuous Improvement

Helping School Leaders Address Blind Spots

Helping School Leaders Address Blind Spots

Accreditors dig deep into data on all aspects of performance. We review key documents and plans, and conduct detailed surveys, interviews, and observations of crucial aspects of schooling that affect student learning. We spend multiple days on site and get a glimpse, up close and personal, of what is working... Read the full article >
School Turnaround: Examining a Complex Process

School Turnaround: Examining a Complex Process

The right operating conditions must exist for sustainable turnaround success. The University of Virginia’s national experts on turnaround schools claim that two major factors can influence the success of school turnaround. The first factor involves “…the characteristics and actions of the turnaround leader.” (Dolan, 2013, 8) Likewise, one of the... Read the full article >
Diagnosing the Root Causes of Underperformance

Diagnosing the Root Causes of Underperformance

How can we develop tailored solutions based on the specific challenges and complexities of underperforming schools? State education agencies, responsible for the improvement of schools and local school systems, need help uncovering the root causes for underperformance and guidance planning for future improvement. States such as Kentucky and South Carolina... Read the full article >
Measuring Student Engagement with eProve surveys

Measuring Student Engagement with eProve surveys

Research has shown a strong relationship between student engagement and a variety of student success outcomes (e.g., Fredricks et al.,2004; Parsons et al., 2013). For example, Finn and Rock (1997) found that low-income minority students who were observed as engaged, were more likely to be academically successful, achieve passing grades,... Read the full article >
Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

This Is the Summer of Race and Equity in Education by Anna Baldwin, Education Post. This 2014 Montana State Teacher of the Year writes about her experience as a white high school teacher and The Summer of Equity. In her article she urges her colleagues to speak up about issues of equity even... Read the full article >
Designing State Accountability Systems for Continuous School Improvement: A Call to Action

Designing State Accountability Systems for Continuous School Improvement: A Call to Action

Over the past 60 years, we as a nation have sought to improve our education system and focus on equity, excellence, school choice, and standards and accountability.[1] Each wave of reform has been led by different combinations of leaders and stakeholders: government officials, educators, parents, and activists (focused on equity);... Read the full article >
California’s Accountability System Shows the Way

California’s Accountability System Shows the Way

Section 8 of 10. Not long ago, California used test scores as a single measure to identify progress, but policymakers sought to eliminate the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) system. When lawmakers adopted a new funding system, the state contracted with a research organization to develop new measures and rubrics.... Read the full article >
Changing the Role of the State Education Agency (SEA)

Changing the Role of the State Education Agency (SEA)

Section 9 of 10. America must be courageous and create a system of accountability that is not punitive but instead is learner centric and focused on continuous improvement. In this system, failure is an opportunity for learning and collaboration. Outside forces do not dictate action. Local improvement measures (about school... Read the full article >
Establishing a State Framework for Continuous Improvement Accountability

Establishing a State Framework for Continuous Improvement Accountability

Section 7 of 10. Instead of modifying or improving on existing systems, states should take the opportunity under the Every Student Succeeds Act to acknowledge lessons learned, wipe the slate clean and envision a forward-thinking education system. Defining Purpose and Direction To map out the parameters of a new system,... Read the full article >
What a Continuous Improvement Accountability System Needs to Do

What a Continuous Improvement Accountability System Needs to Do

Section 5 of 10. Accountability systems should be designed to emphasize equilibrium, balancing school responsibility to do what states require with state responsibility to provide needed resources and support in schools.[7] An accountability system also needs to recognize that schools are multifaceted organizations, shaped by the interplay of any number... Read the full article >