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ERIC Number: ED529124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 208
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5985-7090-8
Schools That Make the Grade: What Successful Schools Do to Improve Student Achievement
Ratcliffe, Martin J.A.; Harts, Melissa L.
Brookes Publishing Company
What turns a good school into a great school? With today's schools under enormous pressure to make adequate yearly progress (AYP), the answers are more important than ever--and this essential guidebook gives K-12 administrators and educators scores of proven, concrete strategies to help their school succeed. Authors Martin Ratcliffe and Melissa Harts are veteran educators who have collective in-the-trenches experience ranging from classroom teaching to district-level administration. Pooling their expertise and the invaluable insights of other frontline professionals, they help education teams work together on seven critical success factors that directly correlate with student achievement, from high expectations to frequent progress monitoring (see box). For each success factor, readers will get: (1) dozens of proven, research-based strategies that are aligned to meet federal requirements for school improvement; (2) specific best practices tailored for teachers, principals, and district-level administrators, so all members of the education team can do their part to improve student achievement; (3) tips for working with diverse students, including students with special needs and English language learners; (4) key research studies demonstrating the importance of each factor; and (5) personal stories and perspectives from successful teachers, supervisors, administrators, and principals. Throughout the book, readers will follow documented case studies of real schools. They'll investigate the diverse approaches these schools took to each of the seven success factors, discover what worked and didn't work, and take away valuable lessons they can implement in their own schools. An indispensable survival guide to the era of accountability, this groundbreaking book gives schools real-world solutions to the challenges of today's educational climate--and helps teachers, principals, and administrators prepare all of their students for long-term academic success. Contents include: (1) The Adequate Yearly Progress/Student Achievement Crisis; (2) What Makes a School Effective in Improving Student Achievement?; (3) Positive Home-School Relations Correlate (with Samuel R. Bennett); (4) Opportunity to Learn and Student Time on Task Correlate (with Mary Brezinski and Glenn S. Gardner); (5) Climate of High Expectations Correlate (with Helene Robinson); (6) Clear and Focused Mission Correlate; (7) Frequent Monitoring of Student Progress Correlate (with Sonya Jackson); (8) Instructional Leadership Correlate; (9) Safe and Orderly Environment Correlate (with James Dwight Davidson and Heather Croft Jackson); and (10) The Clarion Call. An index is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A