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Today academic standards are a reality in almost every school in the nation. Without effective leadership, however, standards are impotent, reflecting wishful thinking rather than educational progress. Moreover, the early errors of the standards movement along with the anti-standards backlash threatens to destroy this promising educational reform. The ultimate success of academic standards depends on leaders at all levels who understand the difference between a fad and a value.

In this important book Douglas Reeves— a nationally acclaimed expert on educational standards— contends that educational standards are the most fair way to assess student performance. The Leader's Guide to Standards is a landmark volume that offers instructions for school principals, assistant principals, teachers, and district-level administrators for building a comprehensive accountability system that focuses on leadership skills. This much-needed resource is filled with practical recommendations for assessing and nurturing teacher performance, setting up balanced assessment and accountability policies, and making the case for standards to the public.

The Leader's Guide to Standards reveals the inherent weakness in comparing the quality of student work with that of other students and offers information about the evolution and current state of academic standards. Throughout the book, Reeves shows school leaders how they can add value to existing state and national standards and reveals how to make the discussion about standards more productive by shifting the focus away from the legal mandate to rest on a foundation of fundamental fairness. This basic shift in focus opens the opportunity to acknowledge the flaws in standards without sacrificing the value of fairness.

The Leader's Guide to Standards offers hope that by holding firm to fundamental values, school leaders can make their institutions places where fairness, mutual respect, and unlimited opportunities for success flourish.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Reading this book provides a foundation for a better understanding of the standards movement." (The School Administrator, 4/1/2004)

"When you complete this book, you may find yourself supporting standards even if you begin as one of those who object to them." (TCRecord.org, January 15, 2003)

"If you're overwhelmed by academic standards, it's probably time for you to meet Douglas Reeves." (American School Board Journal, June 2003)

"This book will interest both those who want practical guidance for meeting standards and those who oppose current initiatives." (Choice, June 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787964023
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Education Ser.
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 6.28 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas B. Reeves— one of the nation's leading authorities on academic standards, performance assessment, and accountability— is the chairman and founder of the Center for Performance Assessment. He is the author of fourteen books, including The Daily Disciplines of Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2002). Reeves was named to the Distinguished Authors Series by the Harvard University Graduate School of Education for 2002 and won the Parent's Choice Award for his book, 20-Minute Learning Connection. He was named Education Writer of the Year by the California County Superintendents Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Why Standards?


The Author.

Books by Douglas Reeves.

Part One: The Standards Imperative.

1. The Case for Standards.

2. Standards and Norms: What s the Difference?

3. Standards-Based Performance Assessment: The Key to Standards Implementation.

4. Power Standards: How Leaders Add Value to State and National Standards.

5. Instructional Leadership.

6. Standards and Community Leadership: Communicating with Parents, Politicians, and Community Members.

7. Data-Driven Decision Making.

Part Two: Strategic Leadership for Educational Standards.

8. Creating Ownership and Support for Standards.

9. Redefining Educational Accountability.

10. Assessing Leadership Performance.

Part Three: Leadership Roles for Educational Standards.

11. The Role of the Superintendent.

12. The Role of the Board of Education.

13. The Role of State Leadership.

14. The National Leadership Imperative.

Conclusion: The Enduring Values of Leadership.

Appendix: Leadership Tools, Checklists, and Forms.

A.1 Student Achievement Form.

A.2 Educational Practice Form.

A.3 Leadership Practice Form.

A.4 Curriculum Practice Form.

A.5 Data Analysis: Ordered Pairs Linking Professional Practice to Student Achievement.

A.6 Worksheet: Leadership and Learning Matrix Data.

A.7 Personal Leadership and Learning Matrix.

A.8 Professional Practice Inventory.

A.9 Leadership Practice Inventory.

A.10 Curriculum Practice Inventory.

A.11 Factors Influencing Student Achievement, Not Controllable by Leader.

A.12 Factors Influencing Student Achievement, Subject to Influence by Leader.

A.13 Parent Communication Checklist.

A.14 Faculty Communication Checklist.

A.15 Community Communication Checklist.

A.16 Faculty Perceptions of Standards: Survey.

A.17 Power Standards Development Process.

A.18 Standards-Based Performance Assessment Development Checklist.

A.19 Classroom Checklist for Standards Implementation.

A.20 School Checklist for Standards Implementation.

A.21 District Checklist for Standards Implementation.

A.22 Professional Development Self-Evaluation Scoring Guide.

A.23 Preliminary Checklist for Data-Driven Decision-Making Seminar Preparation.

A.24 Data-Driven Decision Making: Sample Completed Action Plan.

A.25 Data-Driven Decision Making: "Treasure Hunt".

A.26 Data-Driven Decision Making: Analyzing the Data.

A.27 Data-Driven Decision Making: Draft Needs Analysis.

A.28 Data-Driven Decision Making: Establishing New Goals or Revising Existing Goals.

A.29 Data-Driven Decision Making: Strategies to Support Specific Goals.

A.30 Data-Driven Decision Making: Determining Results Indicators for Targeted Strategies.

A.31 Data-Driven Decision Making: Action Steps and Schedule.

A.32 Master Task List.

A.33 Daily Prioritized Task List.

A.34 Project Task List.



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