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The high-performing school : benchmarking…

The high-performing school : benchmarking the 10 indicators of…

by Mardale Dunsworth

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With the Race to the Top initiative looming, schools will be faced with various types of assessment if not more. Assessment is going to be both formative and summative and will be tied to national standards in language arts and math at first. The authors here have been providing professional development on quality indicators of schools for a decade. Here are their ten performance indicators they use to probe school performance: a written curriculum; instructional program; student assessment; school leadership; strategic planning; professional development; student connectedness, engagement, and readiness; school environment; family and community involvement; and, district support. Under each one of these main topics, the authors provide a research foundation for the direction and definition of what they mean and then they proceed to provide discussion and rubrics to be used complete with printable resources on the accompanying CD. At the same time, Solution Tree is also publishing the major Robert Marzano Suite that looks at teaching going on in the classroom. Clearly, this company intends to be at the center of the Obama initiative. The teacher librarian should be aware of the many assessment initiatives out there as we move from a single test to multiple ones. It will all affect how we collaborate with the various teachers across the disciplines, now we interact with the professional learning community, the collaboration with all the school’s specialists to directly affect teaching and learning and thus the school-wide push toward excellence. Put your ear to the ground on the various school improvement strategies out there. If you don’t know of any, this one is a start. Bottom line: every teacher librarian has to understand various frameworks for school improvement to be able to have any impact on them and be at the table. If not this book, get one that is in favor at your school.
  davidloertscher | Jul 29, 2009 |
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