ERIC Number: ED425541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Raising the Bar: A School Board Primer on Student Achievement.
Bracey, Gerald W.; Resnick, Michael A.
This guide provides ways in which school board members can lead their school systems to higher levels of student achievement. The text attempts to help board members by equipping them with comprehensive information about the various components of student achievement. Part 1 analyzes the purposes of education and defines student achievement, and standards and achievement. Part 2 presents a four-part approach to developing an action plan: vision setting, establishing a successful learning environment, exercising accountability, and creating vital connections with the community. Suggestions for developing, implementing, and overseeing a student-achievement agenda and the vital process of public engagement are also discussed in this section. Part 3 then provides a guide to testing and other indicators of student achievement and school quality, and offers guidance in interpreting test scores and understanding such concepts as selection bias, statistical significance, and educational productivity. The last section discusses other indicators of achievement and school quality and shows how by using measures, such as levels of teacher education or per-pupil expenditures, school boards can assess progress and thus design programs to reflect their communities' unique values. Two appendices provide student achievement resources and opportunity to learn indicators. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Support
National School Boards Association., 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Tel: 800-706-6722 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.nsba.org (Stock No. 11-121, $20).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.