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ERIC Number: ED531757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-21
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Driving Alignment and Implementation: The Role of the Principalship in ESEA Flexibility. Version 1.0
New Leaders (NJ1)
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has presented state leaders with an enormous opportunity. ED's offer of flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) gives leaders the chance to align critical systems--standards, assessments, school accountability, and educator evaluation--with raised expectations for all students. And, by implementing good processes of engagement in the design of new systems, leaders can bring in critical expertise and build confidence in a new way of measuring and supporting student growth. The aim of this paper is to provide concrete recommendations, focused primarily on Principle 3, for leaders to consider in preparing one's application for ESEA flexibility. Given the importance of alignment across the principles, this paper starts with brief comments on Principles 1 and 2. Under each principle, this paper describes the understanding of the intent of ED's language, suggested response, and rationale, grounded in lessons learned from school leaders making breakthrough gains in student achievement and teacher effectiveness. Where relevant, this paper indicates opportunities to cross-reference from one section to another; this is critical, to avoid creating or reinforcing silos. These recommendations are not intended to be comprehensive. Instead, they focus on the principalship as part of a broader coherent and aligned system of accountability and support that improves teacher and principal effectiveness and increases student success. Recommendations always come from a particular set of beliefs. This paper offers the following: (1) Principals matter; (2) Alignment matters; and (3) Implementation matters. (Contains 8 footnotes and 3 additional resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Leaders
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act