Renewing America's Progress: A Positive Solution to School Reform

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Overview: The GovernanceManagement-Performance System
This chapter provides an overview of the governance-managementperformance system. This new concept of school management -- emphasizing people and results -- can be expressed in three words:
Governance means board policies and superintendent leadership for teamwork and accountability.
Management involves communication, evaluation, and compensation, with support systems for teachers and administrators.
Performance requires measures of results, such as student learning and parent/ teacher satisfaction.

Good school performance is achieved through teamwork at three levels: governance, management, performance; board, administrators, teachers; policies, techniques, measures. The governance-managementperformance concept is implemented through a participative and accountable management system that organizes planning and evaluation around solid information: analysis of student learning using test data, and parent/teacher satisfaction using surveys. This provides a sound basis for performance-based compensation, fair evaluation, and teamwork.

Thousands of teachers, administrators, and board members are already achieving effective schools. By using this model, they have communication and participation, positive management, accountable boards, motivated staffs, satisfied parents, a confident public -- and more learning.

Exhibit 6 summarizes the system.

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