Written for school leaders, this completely revised edition outlines detailed, research-based strategies for developing high-performing schools and fostering educational equity for all students.

Standard Five: Establish Curriculum Expectations, Monitoring, and Accountability

Standard five: Establish curriculum expectations, monitoring, and accountability

Standard Five deals with five critical functions administrators perform as they fulfill their role as an instructional leader: (1) setting high expectations, (2) monitoring the curriculum, (3) visiting classrooms, (4) using data to inform decision making, and (5) appraising staff. Although some of these functions are also carried out by teachers, such as setting high expectations and using data, they remain the most critical part of the school leaders' job responsibilities.

Schmoker, in his 2006 book Results Now, takes the position that we need to confront the brutal facts about our failure to use the knowledge we have to improve instruction:

This encounter with the brutal facts is the surest, fastest path ...

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