• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Transform your school using tested core curriculum practices Adopting the Common Core State Standards is the beginning of a long journey to equity and excellence for all students. This book guides leaders in successfully implementing the CCSS, which will ultimately result in continuous quality improvement in schools. The author addresses these key issues and more:Transitioning schools and districts to align with the CCSSCommunicating to teachers and parents regarding the CCSSDetermining which teaching and learning practices need to changeGarnering resources and support for reformsSeveral timesaving and supportive professional learning resources are provided, including guiding questions, an annotated bibliography, and a list of helpful references.

Accountability for Excellence and Equity
Accountability for excellence and equity

To be persuasive, we must be believable; To be believable, we must be credible; To be credible, we must be truthful.

—Edward R. Murrow

Educational accountability is probably one of the most frenetic, feared, and frustrating terms in our current professional language. It typically appears at the center of a heated discussion of extremes, wrought with deep emotion, and represents an all or nothing proposition. The argument might go something like this: “All testing is good; no, all testing is bad. All high-stakes tests are reliable and valid; no, all high-stakes tests are meaningless. All testing results should be considered in making critical educational decisions; no, all results should be discarded and ignored. All systems are innocent victims ...

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