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School Improvement Processes
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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.
The School Improvement Process
- 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.
Data-driven Decision Making
- Research the processes and challenges of group decision making.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Developing School Improvement Plans from a Principal Perspective
- 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.
- Create a school improvement plan that includes the school community in inquiry, implementation, and reflection.
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