Doubling Student Performance: . . . And Finding the Resources to Do It
  • Doubling Student Performance: . . . And Finding the Resources to Do It
  • Doubling Student Performance: . . . And Finding the Resources to Do It

Doubling Student Performance: . . . And Finding the Resources to Do It

by Allan R. Odden
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412969638

ISBN-13: 9781412969635

Pub. Date: 01/12/2009

Publisher: SAGE Publications

At a time when the United States is struggling with far-reaching educational reform, school leaders need a blueprint that can dramatically improve student success and then support that success by effectively reallocating and managing available resources.  See more details below

Overview

At a time when the United States is struggling with far-reaching educational reform, school leaders need a blueprint that can dramatically improve student success and then support that success by effectively reallocating and managing available resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412969635
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/12/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
841,303
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xiv

About the Authors xv

1 Places That Have Doubled Student Performance 1

1 Rural Districts and Schools That Have Doubled Performance 3

Rosalia, Washington 3

Abbotsford, Wisconsin 6

Doubling Student Performance at the Advanced Level: Monroe, Wisconsin 10

Other Rural Examples 15

2 Medium-Sized Districts 16

The Madison, Wisconsin Story 16

Kennewick, Washington 18

LaCrosse, Wisconsin 21

Columbus School in Appleton, Wisconsin 26

3 Doubling Performance in High-Minority, High-Poverty Schools 31

Reading First Schools in Washington State 32

Victory School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 35

Summary 40

2 The Stimulus for Change and the Educational Change Process 44

1 Pressure From Multiple Sources to Improve Student Achievement 45

Pressure From State Standards-Based Reform 45

Pressure From District Administrators 46

Pressure From Within the School 47

Pressure From the Federal Government 47

2 The Large-Scale Organizational Change Process 48

Laying the Foundation for Change 49

Creating a New Educational Strategy 53

Implementation, Monitoring, and Continuous Improvement 56

Summary 58

3 Ten Steps to Double Student Performance 59

Step 1 Understanding the Performance Problem and Challenge 60

Step 2 Set Ambitious Goals 62

Step 3 Change the Curriculum Program and Create a New Instructional Vision 64

Step 4 Formative Assessments and Data-Based Decision Making 67

A Comment on Resources 69

Step 5 Ongoing, Intensive Professional Development 70

Step 6 Using Time Efficiently and Effectively 72

Reducing Primary Grade Class Sizes to 15 74

Summary Comments 75

Step 7 Extending Learning Time for Struggling Students75

Time During the Regular School Day 76

Time Outside the Regular School Day but Within the Regular School Year 77

Time Outside the Regular School Year 77

Summary 77

Step 8 Collaborative, Professional Culture 78

Step 9 Widespread and Distributed Instructional Leadership 80

Step 10 Professional and Best Practices 82

Summary and Conclusion 83

4 Reducing Class Size 85

Resources at School Sites 85

Reallocating Core Classroom Teachers 87

Regular Education Specialists 89

Pupil Support, Aides, and Other Staff Resources 92

Reallocating Resources to Reduce Elementary Class Size 93

Facilities 95

Schoolwide Strategies to Reduce Class Sizes 97

Farnham 97

Clayton and Parnell 100

A Districtwide Strategy to Reduce Class Size in Early Elementary Grades 101

Summary 103

5 Finding Resources for Professional Development 105

Resources Needed for an Effective Professional-Development Program 106

A Professional-Development Fiscal and Program Audit 108

District Spending on Professional Development 110

School-Level Reallocation to Support Professional Development 112

Doubling-Performance Districts 113

District and School Resource Reallocation to Fund Professional Development, Instructional Coaches, and Teacher-Tutors 114

Using Extant Professional-Development Days Effectively 118

Planning and Professional-Development Time 119

Finding Blocks of Time 120

Summary 124

6 Funding Extra-Help Strategies 127

Individual and Small-Group Tutoring for Struggling Students 128

Extended Time for Struggling Students to Learn the Core Curriculum 132

Summer School Program Focused on Core Instruction 134

Summary and Conclusion 136

7 Linking School Finance Adequacy to Doubling Performance 137

Approaches to School Finance Adequacy 138

Evidence-Based Approach to School Finance Adequacy 139

Schedule 1: Recommendations for Adequate Resources for Prototypical Elementary, Middle, and High Schools 142

Linkage to Resources Needed to Double Performance 144

Cautions About Local Resource-Use Practices 145

Good Arguments for More Money 146

Summary and Final Comments 147

Links to Web-Based Tools for School Leaders 151

References 152

Index 159

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