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Costante, Carol C. – American School Board Journal, 2002
School nurses are essential and cost-effective for school districts. Local school districts and state and local health departments can work together to benefit children. Districts that have analyzed the cost-benefit ratio of school nurses have striking evidence of their cost-effectiveness. The more health services are made available to children at…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools
Grier, Terry B. – American School Board Journal, 2002
Four years ago, to address disengaged students in Franklin, Tennessee, Williamson County School District turned to an alternative program called the middle-college high school. This concept allows high school students to complete their coursework on a college campus. More than 30 middle-college high schools serve disengaged students nationwide.…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Dropout Prevention, High Risk Students, High Schools
Ferguson, Janet M. – American School Board Journal, 2002
Vouchers have been touted as a means to give parents more choice in their child's education, with the rationale that this choice will improve their child's chances of succeeding in school. Studies have produced mixed and inconclusive results. Critics argue that only the more motivated and higher income families will use the vouchers, thus…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Attitudes
Levine, Elliott – American School Board Journal, 2002
Strategies to help garner community support in school technology growth or maintenance include the following: (1) consider a "current state of technology" report; (2) forget five-year plans; (3) develop annual technology reports; (4) look to your website; (5) seek constructive opportunities to share technology, and (6) show off best examples at…
Descriptors: Community Support, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education
Ross, Randy – American School Board Journal, 2002
Longitudinal data about individual students and groups of students can be used to track their progress in ways that hold district-level administrators, school principals, and teachers responsible for what's happening in schools. The key is to examine data that show how well individual students perform in specific classrooms in specific schools.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Data Analysis, Data Collection
Popham, W. James – American School Board Journal, 2002
Today's standardized tests are not the best way to evaluate schools or students. These tests do not evaluate what students have learned in school. There is a high likelihood that the specific content sampled by a standardized test may be seriously inconsistent with local curricula aspirations. Sidebars report on recommendations from the Commission…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
Burley, Hansel – American School Board Journal, 2002
Standardized tests cover acquired knowledge in reading, mathematics, and English. To avoid misuse of standardized tests school districts should use tests to diagnose individual learning needs and improve programs; and administer tests once a year in the fall semester so results help guide learning plans for students Contains a glossary of basic…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Standardized Tests
Holland, Holly – American School Board Journal, 2002
Student focus groups persuaded a Kentucky school district to modify a proposed security plan. The Partnership for Kentucky Schools, a coalition of business working for continuous improvement, has produced a detailed guide "Turn Up the Volume: The Students Speak Toolkit" for schools seeking to conduct quality research. (MLF)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Focus Groups, Partnerships in Education, School Security
Raterink, George V. – American School Board Journal, 2002
A school district committee nominated more than 20 former students who they felt had been successful in high school. Extensive interviews with five graduates revealed the most important influence on success was happiness. Second was the setting of reasonable goals-small goals for younger students, more rigorous goals for older ones. Third was a…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Happiness, High School Graduates, High Schools
Lecker, Alan – American School Board Journal, 2002
In a recent survey by Public Agenda, 853 randomly selected public school superintendents and 909 randomly selected public school principals cite politics and bureaucracy as their biggest obstacles. Two thirds or more say they need more autonomy to reward outstanding teachers and remove ineffective teachers. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Attitudes, Bureaucracy, Elementary Secondary Education
Fitzpatrick, James – American School Board Journal, 2002
After the first year, new superintendents should take care to avoid the "sophomore jinx" by communicating effectively with the board president every week and with board members before meetings. Public engagement is also an integral part of a superintendent's job. (MLF)
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Occupational Information
Black, Bruce – American School Board Journal, 2002
Monthly highlights of an assistant principal's first year indicate how difficult the job can be. The count at the end of the semester includes 60 parent conferences for disciplinary reasons, 150 suspensions, 7 class removals, and 7 sexual harassment cases. Eight years of too many problems to handle and too much ground to cover preceded retirement…
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Assistant Principals, Discipline, High Schools
Gullatt, David E.; Ritter, Marlene L. – American School Board Journal, 2002
To assess student achievement, states use a variety of accountability tools including school report cards, effectiveness scores, and school rankings. Responses from all 50 state departments of education showed that 19 states rank schools on their effectiveness as part of the state's accountability system. Three states use test scores alone for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Effective Schools Research
Hanson, Linda – American School Board Journal, 2002
Instead of a cast of characters, not unlike those of the television show "Seinfeld," school boards should be an ensemble. When a board collaborates in a trusting, positive atmosphere of mutual respect, these qualities are ultimately reflected in the classroom. Lists six questions that can help difficult boards find ways to work together. (MLF)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Conflict Resolution, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Dynamics
Capps, William R.; Maxwell, Mary Ellen – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes the impact of student mobility on academic achievement. Offers suggestions for helping school districts with high student mobility. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Role, Board of Education Role, Elementary Secondary Education
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