Accountability for Results: The Realities of Data-Driven Decision Making

Accountability for Results: The Realities of Data-Driven Decision Making

by Donna McCaw, Sandra Watkins

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Accountability for Results: The Realities of Data-Driven Decision Making by Donna McCaw, Sandra Watkins

Accountability for Results: The Realities of Data-Driven Decision Making addresses the most salient questions that administrators, school board members, and community stakeholders need to ask to ensure academic and fiscal accountability, providing definitions, background information, and current research. Research on professional development indicates little correlation between spending and student achievement. Teachers are often provided training with little or no monitoring for actual implementation. This lack of follow-up and follow-through minimizes the positive impact on student achievement. Examples are provided of different types of data for the analysis and evaluation of progress in district- and school-level improvements. To elicit collaborative discussions and support the development of district planning, reflective questions are also included.

About the Author:
Sandra Watkins is an associate professor of educational leadership at Western Illinois University in Macomb

About the Author:
Donna McCaw is an associate professor of educational leadership at Western Illinois University in Macomb

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578866939
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Donna McCaw is an associate professor of educational leadership at Western Illinois University. Sandra Watkins is an associate professor of educational leadership at Western Illinois University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction-Creating a Sense of Urgency     1
Professional Development-Training That Works     15
The Library and the Librarian-Is Reading Improvement Really One of Your Goals?     25
Academically Gifted and Talented-Our Lost Generation     35
Early Childhood Education-Tomorrow's Future Today     51
English-Language Learners/English as a Second Language-Are We Speaking a Language of Success?     61
The Arts: Music, Visual Arts, Drama, and Dance-The Other Half of Needed Ingredients for a Whole Person     73
Physical Education and Student Wellness-As Strong as Our Weakest Link     83
Student Support Services: Personnel and Programs-One Part Intellectual, Two Parts Social and Emotional     91
School Safety-Not an Optional Activity     105
Extended Learning Programs: Before School, after School, Intersession, Saturday, and Summer School-Can More Be Better?     117
Leadership: School Boards, Administration, and Teacher Leaders-Changing Roles for a Changing World     127
Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent Shortages-Will Anybody Do?     143
Paraprofessionals/Teacher Assistants-Members of the Team, Not Substitutes     153
Career and Technical Education-Preparation for the Real World     161
Technology-"The Future Is Now"     171
Caution: Changes Ahead-Where to from Here?     181
About the Authors     205

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