From Standards to Success: A Guide for School Leaders

From Standards to Success: A Guide for School Leaders

From Standards to Success: A Guide for School Leaders

From Standards to Success: A Guide for School Leaders

Synopsis

In this era of accountability and high-stakes testing, school leaders must find more sophisticated ways to help all students succeed. But how can districts make adequate yearly progress without a coherent system for addressing state standards? In From Standards to Success, education professor Mark R. O?Shea introduces the Standards Achievement Planning Cycle (SAPC), a comprehensive protocol for meeting the standards. To illustrate his multi-layered approach, O?Shea takes readers to a fictional school as it prepares to install the SAPC. We meet the superintendent, who organizes the district for curriculum reform; the principal, who supervises standards-based instruction; and the teachers, who collaboratively plan lessons and evaluate their students? work. From teacher observation to student assessment, O?Shea offers innovative strategies to help school leaders
• identify and analyze which standards are most important
• select appropriate curriculum materials and resources
• provide instructional planning time for teachers
• create a benchmark-testing program
• design effective professional developmentChecklists at the end of each chapter highlight best practices, and sample lessons show how to plan curriculum that enables students to meet state standards. The result is a thorough and sensible guide to realizing the promise of standards-based education. Mark R. O?Shea is a professor of education at California State University?Monterey Bay. He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for the Achievement of Academic Standards.

Excerpt

As we enter the second administration of President George W. Bush, the regulations of No Child Left Behind are affecting school districts all across the United States. States with large numbers of rural and language minority schools are in desperate need of highly qualified teachers. But the difficulty of finding such teachers for underperforming schools has always been with us. The new challenge is making adequate yearly progress in multiple measures of student achievement, but most notably in the achievement of state content standards.

Despite the urgency, school leaders and public policy experts continue to focus on national school reform movements that deal only tangentially with standards achievement. Of even greater concern is the lack of a prescription, or clear technology, for achieving the standards. Enabling conditions, resources, assessments, and all sorts of policies have been proposed related to standards implementation. The only missing element is explicit directions to teachers and administrators that, if followed, will lead to standards achievement. From Standards to Success provides the prescription.

Although other novel elements are included in this book, its central feature is the Standards Achievement Planning Cycle (SAPC). I propose this construct to all school leaders and teachers not as the final answer, but as the first proposal in a hoped-for sequence of increasingly effective mechanisms, or strategies, for achieving standards. I boldly contend that the SAPC is the first true theory of . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.