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50 ways to close the achievement gap

Author: Carolyn J Downey
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, ©2009.
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Outlines research-based strategies for developing high-performing schools and fostering educational equity for all students.
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50 ways to close the achievement gap.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008017913
(OCoLC)226966490
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn J Downey
ISBN: 9781452208466 1452208468 9781452293462 1452293465 9781452218915 1452218919
OCLC Number: 806059182
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 320 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Standard one : establish a well-crafted, focused, valid, and clear curriculum to direct teaching --
Embed external assessment target objectives in the written content standards and link to state standards --
Have clear and precise district curriculum objectives : content, context, and cognitive type --
Deeply align objectives from external assessments --
Sequence objectives for mastery well before they are tested --
Provide a feasible number of objectives to be taught --
Identify specific objectives as benchmark standards --
Place objectives in a teaching sequence --
Provide access to written curriculum documents and direct the objectives to be taught --
Conduct staff development in curriculum and its delivery --
Standard two : provide assessments aligned to the curriculum --
Develop aligned district pre-post criterion-referenced assessments --
Have a pool of unsecured test items by objective --
Establish secured performance benchmark assessments --
Conduct assessment training --
Use assessments diagnostically --
Teach students to be "test wise" --
Establish a reasonable testing schedule and environment --
Disaggregate assessment data --
Maintain student progress reports --
Standard three : align program and instructional resources to the curriculum and provide student equality and equity --
Align programs with the curriculum to ensure congruity --
Use research and data that document results to drive program selection, and validate the implementation of programs with action research --
Evaluate programs to determine their effectiveness in strengthening student achievement of curriculum objectives --
Align textbooks and instructional resources with the district curriculum objectives and assessments in both content and context dimensions --
Use technology in design or selection procedures to ensure strong connections to system learning expectations and feedback --
Provide training in the use of instructional resources and their alignment with system curriculum objectives : content, context, and cognitive type --
Select or modify instructional resources for lessons to ensure full alignment with system objectives and tested learning --
Place students in programs and activities in an equitable manner and with equal access to the curriculum --
Implement effective programs and strategies with English language learners --
Standard four : use a mastery learning approach and effective teaching strategies --
Implement a mastery learning model --
Align teaching with the curriculum --
Provide differentiated curriculum and instruction as well as differentiated time to learn --
Provide practice to master the curriculum --
Use effective instructional practices --
Use powerful vocabulary development strategies --
Establish individual learning plans for low-achieving students --
Standard five : establish curriculum expectations, monitoring, and accountability --
Provide for high expectations for achievement for each student --
Monitor the curriculum --
Visit classrooms and provide follow-up --
Use disaggregated data in the decision-making process --
Focus staff appraisal on professional growth --
Standard six : institute effective district and school planning, staff development, and resource allocation, and provide a quality learning environment --
Develop a district planning process that is strategic in nature and provides guidance for the development of district and school long-range plans --
Create and implement a singular, focused, multiyear district plan that incorporates change strategies for higher student achievement --
Align school plans with the district plan --
Implement aligned teacher training to reach district and school goals --
Implement administrative training aligned with the curriculum and its assessment and district plan priorities --
Provide differentiated staff development --
Link resource allocations to goals, objectives, priorities, and diagnosed needs of the system --
Provide qualified and adequate personnel --
Remove incompetent staff or help them achieve satisfactory functioning --
Provide a quality learning environment --
Provide quality facilities.
Other Titles: Fifty ways to close the achievement gap
Responsibility: Carolyn J. Downey [and others].
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Written for school leaders, this completely revised edition outlines detailed, researched-based strategies for developing high-performing schools and fostering educational equity for all students.  Read more...

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