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ERIC Number: EJ767035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Beyond Compliance: Steps to Achieving Standards
O'Shea, Mark R.
Principal Leadership, v6 n8 p28-31 Apr 2006
Since the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), school leaders have been locked in a continuing struggle to comply with it. Unrelenting student testing, revisions to class schedules, required disclosures, teacher-quality issues, and requirements for supplemental services are straining every sector of school district operations. But now here is the stress from NCLB compliance more evident than in the daily lives of principals. The uncertainty that lies ahead is evident in the diminishing value of strategies currently used for raising student achievement. Curricula have been aligned with standards, standards are emphasized in classrooms, and benchmark testing is emerging as a means of ensuring that standards are achieved in every classroom of every school. But what else can be done after these strategies have played out and test score improvements start to plateau? Teachers and principals must create a culture of achievement that values teachers' efforts and respects students' ability to achieve. Teachers and principals can use a planning cycle to collaboratively design and evaluate lessons for standards achievement. This article describes one formula that can engage teachers in the standards achievement process--the Standards Achievement Planning Cycle (SAPC). (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001