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Topic: Continuous Improvement

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 >
What a Continuously Improving System Looks Like

What a Continuously Improving System Looks Like

Section 6 of 10. Key features include: Learning supports (materials and professional development) for the continuous improvement of curriculum, teaching, assessment and student support strategies; Information systems for keeping track of what schools and districts are doing and to what effect; Ongoing review of school and district efforts and outcomes,... Read the full article >
Moving to a Next-Generation Accountability System

Moving to a Next-Generation Accountability System

Section 3 of 10. Expedience should not lead us to recreate what we had or choose indicators based on what is easiest to measure. We need to create a system that gathers information about all aspects of what schools do (from teaching and learning to resource allocation to governance), reveals... Read the full article >
Continuous Improvement and Accountability

Continuous Improvement and Accountability

Section 4 of 10. Though continuous improvement processes are not new in education practice, they are relatively new in the state policy arena. In the past, state-level strategies for improving educational outcomes at the school and system levels were driven by federal and state requirements and centered largely on the... Read the full article >
Generation Beta: Bridging The Gap Through Quality STEM Initiatives

Generation Beta: Bridging The Gap Through Quality STEM Initiatives

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Generation Beta: Coding Breeds Collegiality And Boosts STEM Program Success

Generation Beta: Coding Breeds Collegiality And Boosts STEM Program Success

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Generation Beta: Exposing Every Student to STEM

Generation Beta: Exposing Every Student to STEM

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Helping All Students Succeed: A Plan to Narrow the Achievement Gap in STEM Education

Helping All Students Succeed: A Plan to Narrow the Achievement Gap in STEM Education

If we are purposeful and intentional in our actions, we can begin to narrow the achievement gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classrooms. The study, “Effective, Sustained Inquiry-Based Instruction Promotes Higher Science Proficiency Among All Groups” published in the Journal of Science Teacher Education, showed that proficiency rates... Read the full article >
If You Want Better Collaboration Around STEM, Build Infrastructure

If You Want Better Collaboration Around STEM, Build Infrastructure

The structure for collaboration between STEM teachers already exists at most schools. The most recent Teachers Know Best survey suggests that upwards of 68 percent of teachers have dedicated collaboration time with peers. However, the same data suggests that this time is not well used, with only 7 percent of teachers... Read the full article >
AdvancED Launches STEM Certification Pilot

AdvancED Launches STEM Certification Pilot

Imagine this as a typical day in an elementary, middle or high school: Elementary students working in collaborative groups to design rollercoasters with simple, everyday materials to learn about force and motion. High school and middle school teachers facilitating student-led discussions and asking questions to stimulate creative problem solving for... Read the full article >