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System-Wide Efforts to Improve Student Achievement : Research in Educational Policy: Local, National & Global Perspectives - Kenneth K. Wong

System-Wide Efforts to Improve Student Achievement

Research in Educational Policy: Local, National & Global Perspectives

By: Kenneth K. Wong (Editor), Stacey Rutledge (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2006
ISBN: 9781593112257
Number Of Pages: 324

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Strong system-wide support is increasingly being identified as playing an important role in policy efforts aimed at increasing student achievement (Hightower, Knapp, March, and McLaughlin: 2002). Yet current research often views district and other system-wide support as largely governance changes without substantive linkage to school improvement outcomes (Cuban and Usdan: 2003). In this volume we seek to deepen our understanding of the role of school districts and system-wide initiatives through a series of case studies that focus on how school districts and system-wide actors facilitate policy innovation and reform initiatives that are designed to improve student achievement. Through both quantitative and qualitative studies from diverse settings across the country, chapters in this volume examine the role of instructional technology, alternative accountability practices, management and partnership reforms, and school improvement efforts through new incentive and support practices. While challenges remain, these case studies demonstrate how districts support and facilitate school change aimed at improving student achievement.

Introduction : rethinking strategies to improve urban school systems
State-level education reform : putting all the pieces togetherp. 1
Organizational alignment within the Department of Defense dependents schools : a course for high academic achievement?p. 35
Implementing supplemental educational services : implications for school districts and educational opportunityp. 63
Lessons learned from a longitudinal assessment of the new American school scale-up phases during the 1990sp. 93
Integrated governance in Trenton public schools (NJ) : coordinated efforts to raise performance in high schoolsp. 123
What makes small learning communities work : toward standards for practicep. 147
When technology supports teachers' work : implementation of Houston's teacher tools online initiativep. 173
District policy as an uncertain catalyst for school change : school sanctioning in urban high schoolsp. 195
District inititatives to improve curriculum and instruction : views of administrators on Houston's teacher tools online initiativep. 227
Developing district-intermediary partnerships to promote instructional improvement : early experiences and lessons about the Institute for Learningp. 241
Peer coaching as a strategy to build instructional capacity in low performing schoolsp. 271
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ISBN: 9781593112257
ISBN-10: 1593112254
Series: Research in Educational Policy: Local, National & Global Perspectives
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st March 2006
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61