ERIC Number: EJ757381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Delivering on the Promise
Porter, John Q.
School Administrator, v63 n7 p26 Aug 2006
Closing the achievement gap in one of the most diverse school systems in the nation-- one in which more than 160 different nationalities are represented, 120 different languages are spoken and more than 26 percent of the students are living below poverty level-- is not a mission for the weak-hearted. It requires vision, perseverance and a strategic plan that includes a systemic approach to identifying the low-performing schools in the district and infusing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. This article offers an in-depth look into how the Montgomery County, Maryland, Public School system applies technology in its academic management systems to raise student learning levels. Under the leadership of Superintendent Jerry D. Weast, the Montgomery County, Maryland, system launched several strategic reform initiatives that have raised math, reading and comprehension scores to above grade level for all grades and schools in the district. These reform initiatives have included full integration of organizational development, information technology management and data assessment under one office: The Office of Information and Organizational Systems. This alignment has strengthened the district's ability to use technology to gather and analyze the data necessary to better inform decision making and improve student achievement. One of the key technology initiatives to support teaching and learning simplifies access to relevant student achievement data through an integrated quality management system. This system consists of a data warehouse, instructional management system and student information system. Teachers now have immediate access to student performance data so they can assess student knowledge and ability and tailor instruction accordingly.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Comprehension, Organizational Development, Information Technology, Information Systems, Counties, Academic Achievement, Public Schools, Federal Legislation, Faculty Development, Integrated Learning Systems, Learning Modules
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001