Leadership

A professional magazine for school administrators. Articles, written in an informal, conversational style, address curriculum, technology, staff development, school safety, instructional leadership, school reform and other topics with practical applicatio

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, November-December

Beyond Data Mania: Educators Must Not Only Learn the Skill of Data Analysis, but Develop the Disposition to Seek and Use Evidence in Decision-Making throughout the School. This Requires New Habits and Attitudes toward Data Use
The newest merit badge for school leaders identifies them as "data-driven decision-makers." Data mania has given birth to an unprecedented number of professional development sessions and products aimed at helping administrators read and interpret student...
Data Analysis Demystified: Standardized Tests Don't Do What Matters Most -- Meeting the Immediate Needs of Individual Students. That's Why Schools Must Design, Deliver and Analyze Additional Sources of Meaningful Student Data
When we design curriculum, choose instructional strategies and prepare for program implementation, we should also plan for data analysis. There are two essential perspectives for data analysis: summative analysis and formative analysis. Summative analysis...
Feedback in a Flash ... Computerized Tests Provide Detailed Information That Helps Shape the Curriculum and Tracks Growth in Clovis Usd. Aligned with District and State Standards, the On-Demand Tests Adjust to Meet Achievement Levels of Individual Students
When California's assessment system was in a major flux a few years ago, Clovis Unified School District went shopping for its own answers. Regardless of what the state's solution would be, we wanted a system that would provide feedback on student achievement...
Making Music Together: A Metaphor: Rampant Private Practice Can Bring Cacophony to Our Schools
There is a school of thought in the "new sciences" that suggests that metaphor is more important than mathematics and that the things you can count ultimately don't count. Whether or not you accept this "strong argument" for studying complex systems...
No More Random Acts of Teaching: High Levels of Achievement Are the Result of Systematic, Targeted and Purposeful Instruction. without Data, Instruction Becomes a Series of Well-Intentioned but Essentially Random Acts of Teaching
The skillful use of classroom data allows us to identify strengths and weaknesses in student learning, monitor student progress toward specified goals, make adjustments in instruction, measure the degree to which students meet standards, and distinguish...
Right from the Start Helping Students Pass the HSEE: Students Who Fail to Pass the High School Exit Exam the First Time May Be at Risk of Dropping out. New Approaches to Data Analysis, Now Being Used in the Private Sector, Offer a More Scientific Method of Targeting Students for Early Intervention
One of the facts of life for California public schools is the impending implementation of the High School Exit Examination. In spring 2001, many California public school ninth-grade students participated in the first administration of the California...
Software for Hard Data: It Can Be Difficult to Transform the Mountains of Data School Leaders Are Faced with into Valuable Information. Quality School Portfolio Is a Free Software Program That Can Help Teachers and Administrators Analyze and Report Data, Set Goals and Maintain a Student Database
Data-driven decision-making is on the national agenda for teachers and policy-makers alike. President Bush's No Child Left Behind reform calls for annual academic assessments, with results compared from year to year. No Child Left Behind also requires...
Special Delivery: Elements of Instruction: The Best Model for Delivery of Instruction Has Been around for 30 Years, Yet Its Use Is Sporadic in Most of the Nation's Schools. Here Are the Basic Components of the Data-Driven Mastery Teaching Model
How do teachers plan, deliver and evaluate their teaching? We are clear what standards we want taught, but are we explicit regarding the expected instructional structure? Typically, a system tightly holds the alignment of the written, assessed and...
Survive or Thrive? Turning State Mandates into Local Results: Monrovia's Accountability System Ensures That Tests Do Not Become Ends in Themselves. Instead, Principals & Teachers Work Together on Targeted Strategies to Improve Teaching and Learning
Clearly, we live in an age of educational accountability. The debate rages on over how to best measure the success of our schools locally, statewide and nationally. This debate often masks the underlying issues related to whether we are measuring student...
Texas-Style School Improvement: After Adapting the Brazosport, Texas, Model, Hesperia USD Refocused Its Energy on Narrowing the Achievement Gap. Their New Plan Calls for Aligning Curriculum, Teaching and Learning with Assessment -- Simple, but Not Easy
Like all districts in California, Hesperia Unified has been working to improve student achievement. Despite the sustained efforts to improve our schools, there is still much to be done. What makes Hesperia Unified's challenges less painful is the knowledge...
Who Buys Blue Bananas? Check the Data! Good Data Can Lead to Exciting Decisions That Lead to Learning
Many years ago the only place one could purchase an "It's It" ice cream confection was at Playland at the Beach in San Francisco. I was introduced to this treat at age 10 when my big brother took me to San Francisco for a day of adventure. As we toured...