ERIC Number: ED490004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Addressing What's Missing in School Improvement Planning: Expanding Standards and Accountability to Encompass an Enabling or Learning Supports Component. A Center Policy Report
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
Based on analyses and recommendations reported in School Improvement Planning: What's Missing?, the present report proposes ways to (a) reorganize school improvement guidance and (b) expand standards and accountability to encompass a component to address barriers to learning and teaching. In doing so, the work highlights the need and a focus for new directions for student support. Specifically suggested is that school improvement guides be reorganized with two interacting dimensions in mind: One encompasses three primary and essential components of an integrated systems approach to schooling. The other stresses five key areas of concern for systemic improvement related to each component. The three components are those encompassing comprehensive, multifaceted, and cohesive efforts to (a) facilitate instruction, (b) address barriers to learning, and (c) govern, lead, and manage schools. The key areas of concern are (a) framing and delineating intervention functions, (b) reworking infrastructure, (c) enhancing resource use, (d) continuous capacity building, and (e) continuous evaluation and appropriate accountability based on delineated standards and quality indicators. Because school improvement planning across the country is "standards-based" and accountability driven, establishing standards and expanding the current focus of accountability are important facets of ensuring high levels of attention and support for development of comprehensive, multifaceted approaches to address barriers to learning. Therefore, much of this report is devoted to delineating standards and outlining an expanded framework for school accountability for a component to address barriers. Standards are organized in terms of the five key areas of concern. An appendix is included.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Systems Approach, Accountability, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Academic Standards, Governance, Standard Setting, Integrated Activities, Holistic Approach, Student Needs, Educational Resources, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.