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ERIC Number: ED449252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 92
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-931989-13-2
Closing the Gap: A Report on the Wingspread Conference "Beyond the Standards Horse Race: Implementation, Assessment, and Accountability--the Keys to Improving Student Achievement" (Racine, Wisconsin, November 2-4, 1999). Special Report.
Duggan, Terri, Ed.; Holmes, Madelyn, Ed.
This report highlights results from the 1999 Wingspread Conference on improving student achievement, a gathering of educators, leaders, and policymakers that opened a dialogue about barriers to full implementation of high standards for all students. Participants discussed five papers that examined these issues from top to bottom--from the perspective of the federal government to that of a school principal. They touched on such subjects as: leadership and the human dimension of reform; the crucial importance of school climate, instruction, and leadership; promoting student achievement at the district level; challenges that lie ahead; and state policy and its implications (diversity, urban needs, politics, and accountability). Participants noted the need to help every student reach high standards, improve educator capacity, enhance accountability and assessment systems, and work on public will and community engagement. The conference papers included in this report are: "Standards-Based Reform and Changing the Metaphor of School: The Principal's Perspective" (Tom Welch); "Challenges of Improving Instruction: A View from the Classroom" (Deborah Loewenberg Ball and David K. Cohen); "Finishing the Race: A District Perspective of Standards-Based Reform" (Vicki L. Phillips); "Looking Back at a Decade of Reform: The Maryland Standards Story" (Nancy S. Grasmick); and "Implementing Standards-Based Reform: Challenges for State Policy" (Margaret E. Goertz). (SM)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland