Schools that Make the Grade: What Successful Schools Do to Improve Student Achievement

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What turns a good school into a great school? With today's schools under enormous pressure to make adequate yearly progress (AYP), the answers are more important than ever — and this essential guidebook gives K-12 administrators and educators scores of proven, concrete strategies to help their school succeed. Authors Martin Ratcliffe and Melissa Harts are veteran educators who have who have collective in-the-trenches experience ranging from classroom teaching to district-level administration. Pooling their expertise and the invaluable insights of other frontline professionals, they help education teams work together on seven critical success factors that directly correlate with student achievement, from high expectations to frequent progress monitoring (see box). For each success factor, readers will get
• dozens of proven, research-based strategies that are aligned to meet federal requirements for school improvement
• specific best practices tailored for teachers, principals, and district-level administrators, so all members of the education team can do their part to improve student achievement
• tips for working with diverse students, including students with special needs and English language learners
• key research studies demonstrating the importance of each factor
• personal stories and perspectives from successful teachers, supervisors, administrators, and principals Throughout the book, readers will follow documented case studies of real schools. They'll investigate the diverse approaches these schools took to each of the seven success factors, discover what worked and didn't work, and take away valuable lessons they can implement in their own schools. An indispensable survival guide to the era of accountability, this groundbreaking book gives schools real-world solutions to the challenges of today's educational climate — and helps teachers, principals, and administrators prepare all of their students for long-term academic

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Editorial Reviews

Timothy P. Madigan

"In this time of high stakes assessments and accountability, I see no greater resource to schools than Schools that Make the Grade."
University of Virginia - Elizabeth A. Potts
"Demonstrate[s] the research in action, while providing action items for all levels of personnel in schools."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598570908
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors Vii

Contributors viii

Foreword Ben A. Birdsell ix

Preface xii

Acknowledgments xvii

1 The Adequate Yearly Progress/Student Achievement Crisis 1

2 What Makes a School Effective in Improving Student Achievement? 19

3 Positive Home-School Relations Correlate with Samuel R.Bennett 35

4 Opportunity to Learn and Student Time on Task Correlate Mary Brezinski Glenn S. Gardner 53

5 Climate of High Expectations Correlate Helene Robinson 69

6 Clear and Focused Mission Correlate 85

7 Frequent Monitoring of Student Progress Correlate Sonya Jackson 109

8 Instructional Leadership Correlate Scott Bryan 125

9 Safe and Orderly Environment Correlate James Dwigbt Davidson Heather Croft Jackson 141

10 The Clarion Call 159

References 169

Index 183

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