eda565 | Graduate

School Improvement Processes

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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 graduate-level course is 6 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Data-driven Decision Making

    • Research the processes and challenges of group decision making.
    • Analyze decision making models.
    • 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.

    The School Improvement Process

    • Critique current research on the uses of assessment and student achievement data to develop curriculum and to implement effective instruction for diverse learners.
    • 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.

    Developing School Improvement Plans from a Principal Perspective

    • Create a school improvement plan that includes the school community in inquiry, implementation, and reflection.
    • Determine ways to capitalize on the diversity of the school community to improve school programs and meet the needs of diverse students.
    • Propose 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.

    The Context for Accountability and School Improvement Plans

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


    • Describe the 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.

    Assessments (continued)

    • Summarize 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.
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