A New Education Accountability Era: Key Trends and Implications for Elementary and Secondary Educators and Policy Makers

Arthur L. Coleman

Accountability is a loaded term. Although it can mean many different things to different people, in the elementary and secondary context, the term has come to represent a set of expectations and obligations associated with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) – which has provided the...

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Toward Teacher Evaluation that Promotes Professional Learning and Growth

By Angela Minnici

Most teacher evaluation systems being developed at both the state and district levels rely on a theory of action that implies evaluation is a powerful lever for improving teaching performance and ultimately student outcomes. Each evaluation system identifies essential teaching behaviors (often...

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Dual Enrollment: A Pathway to College and Career Readiness

By Donna James, Laura Lefkowits and Robin Hoffman

In the 21st century, the need to prepare students for success in college and career cannot be understated. Countless researchers and pundits have pointed out the challenges faced by those without a high level of knowledge and skills when it comes to competing in the global marketplace...

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Accreditation, Accountability, and Continuous Improvement

By Laura Lefkowits

Accountability, as practiced these days under the No Child Left Behind Act and various state systems, purports to be about improvement. But we all know that improvement requires more than just measurement. The scale tells us that we need to lose weight – it doesn’t tell us how or even why we...

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The Power to Transform

By AdvancED

"The Power to Transform” is the bold theme of AdvancED’s 2011 International Summit, a theme designed to push our thinking about school system change from the notion of “tinkering around the edges” to implementing full-scale transformation on behalf of improved outcomes for students. In choosing...

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