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School Improvement Processes




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Course level: EDU Graduate

This course focuses on the use of assessments in K–12 education and in developing school improvement plans from a principal perspective. Candidates review the types of assessments that a school leader needs to be familiar with, and how a school leader can use assessment data to measure student achievement. Additionally, the model and processes of continuous school improvement are explored. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, and individuals who reside outside the United States.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

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Week 1

  • Analyze changes in public policy and initiatives to increase accountability.
  • Examine challenges to increased accountability.
  • Describe leadership theories related to educational accountability.

Week 2

  • Examine the importance of inquiry for school improvement and the change process.
  • Describe the model and the processes of continuous school improvement.
  • Analyze the reciprocal relationships among curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Examine the use and management of technology in school improvement and its relationship to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Critique current research on the uses of assessment and student achievement data to develop curriculum and to implement effective instruction for diverse learners.

Week 3

  • Examine types of assessments and assessment tools used in K–12 education.
  • Compare and contrast the features, strengths, and limitations of formal and informal assessments.
  • Interpret standardized test scores to communicate them to school stakeholders.

Week 4

  • Evaluate information from formal and informal assessments to determine the levels of student achievement and to guide instruction.
  • Explain how student achievement data and other information can be used to monitor the effectiveness of school practices and their impact on student learning.

Week 5

  • Identify types of data used for curricular and instructional decisions to ensure learning for all students.
  • Examine societal, organizational, and individual variables that impact decision making.
  • Analyze decision-making models.
  • Evaluate the processes and challenges of group decision making.

Week 6

  • Determine ways to capitalize on the diversity of the school community to improve school programs and meet the needs of diverse students.
  • Evaluate possible partnerships that can be formed with parents, families, and the business community.
  • Identify the steps and processes involved in developing and implementing a school improvement plan.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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