ERIC Number: ED435110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Raising the Standard: An Eight-Step Action Guide for Schools and Communities. Second Edition. A StandardsWork Project.
Doyle, Denis P.; Pimentel, Susan
This book, intended for the interested layman and the education professional, describes the process and content of standards-driven education reform. It is based on the premise that schools can excel if they benchmark their standards, align their curriculum, and conduct academic analysis to assess progress. Only the highlights appear in the hard copy of the book; the full text (including hypertext) is contained in a CD-ROM that is included. The volume is structured around an 8-step plan for initiating reform. It shows how to build public demand for standards and reform and demonstrates how to set up goals for organizing around high academic standards, emphasizing the need to use the right criteria for good standards when overhauling the curriculum. The text demonstrates how to hold students accountable, as well as schools and districts, and discusses how to evaluate teachers, principals, and superintendents. It describes how to develop new partnerships among those with a stake in school reform and what people can do to make continuous improvements to their schools. A step-by-step checklist to guide reformers is included. One section illustrates the importance of creating fair and effective teacher evaluations at the school level. A new section in the revised version provides insights gleaned from charter schools. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Utilization
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paper: ISBN-0-8039-6868-8, $35; CD-ROM only: ISBN-0-8039-6868-X, $29.95). Tel: 805-499-9774; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Goals 2000, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For first edition, see ED 416 566. CD-Rom included.