ERIC Number: ED447605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Successful Schools.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
The Department of Public Instruction is actively involved in efforts to improve the school experience and educational outcomes in Wisconsin. Chapter 1, "What Are the Characteristics of Successful Schools?" examines the seven characteristics of successful schools, which describe the school environment, goals, and management strategies and allow all students to meet high achievement standards: (1) vision; (2) leadership; (3) high academic standards; (4) standards of the heart; (5) family, school, and community partnerships; (6) professional development; and (7) evidence of success. Each characteristic of success integrates equity and diversity concerns into every aspect of education, including school improvement plans, activities, resource allocation decisions, classroom environments, curriculum and instructional plans, and every policy and procedure. Chapter 1 includes 22 references. Chapter 2, "Where Are We Now?" helps school teams initiate a wide-ranging dialogue about school strengths and weaknesses in each of the seven characteristics. This chapter includes self-assessment tools and offers a number of possible actions for each characteristic: (8) vision; (9) leadership; (10) high academic standards; (11) standards of the heart; (12) family, school, and community partnerships; (13) professional development; and (14) evidence of success. Chapter 3, "How Do We Bring It All Together?" encourages school-community teams to pose five important questions using the data gathered through the assessment tools: (1) Where are we now? (2) What is our target? (3) How will we get there? (4) How will we know if we are on target? and (5) How will we continue to focus and sustain our efforts. School improvements rarely develop in sequence, and the Department's seven characteristics can help build a common framework helping schools improve student achievement. Chapter 4 contains Appendix A, "Selected resources," Appendix B,"Wisconsin Equity Framework," and Appendix C, "Implementation Report," provide contact information for reader feedback.) (TEJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Achievement Gains, Achievement Rating, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Utilization, Outcomes of Education, Parent School Relationship, Professional Development, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Student Evaluation, Student Improvement, Student School Relationship
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin