Lead between the lines– evaluate Ed policies to emphasize the positives and minimize the negatives Although educational reform is intended for positive change, sometimes it misses the mark. However, when school leaders capitalize on the positive aspects of reforms they can strategize to ensure the best outcomes for students. Christopher Tienken, professor and international speaker, shares his insights on how to identify both positive and negative aspects of education reform to maximize the benefits for students. This book introduces a practical framework for interpreting educational reform within an evidence-based practice, and provides thoughtful ways to finesse results out of challenging policies. Designed for use on the ground level, this book features: • Seven specific creative compliance strategies to maximize student and educator success • Case studies that illustrate how to critique reforms and take action • Reflective questions to guide evaluation and application • Ethical decision-making checklist Analyzing both successful and unsuccessful reform ideas from the past, this book champions creative compliance and how to lead innovatively/judiciously.

Case Study 1 : Reframing Rigor

Case Study 1

This case study illustrates how the generic term of rigor can be misused in education reform and provides readers with an evidence-based definition and example of how to apply the critique framework to better understand rigor and capitalize upon it to improve education for all students.

Origins of Rigor

Rigor is a term that has steadily made its way into the lexicon of education reform. Some salient examples include products like the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and national standardized tests. For example, the corestandards.org website claimed that the CCSS were “based on rigorous content” (National Governors Association & the Council of Chief State School Officers, 2017). Similarly, the vendors of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for ...

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