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ERIC Number: EJ894699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Tefft Middle School: Accountability and Performance
Principal Leadership, v10 n9 p70-74 May 2010
Evolving from a school where teachers teach to a school where students learn is an intense process that demands honesty, collaboration, and focused effort. Tefft Middle School in Streamwood, IL, a suburban/urban area west of Chicago, has made that effort. Its 760 students in grades 7 and 8 are highly diverse economically and ethnically. Principal Lavonne Smiley said that "their students were not learning what they are teaching. They owed their students much more. They had to change and they had to embrace accountability." This article demonstrates the subsequent operational and instructional changes at Tefft which were systematic and strategic and have become embedded in the school's culture. The principal and the school improvement team analyzed the data and found that the curriculum was not aligned with state standards or assessment. They developed quarterly learning targets, focused on improving literacy skills among students, and had the students graphed their own progress and wrote goals for each quarter. All of these strategies have combined to create a school of excellence on every measure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois