Saturday, December 02, 2006

This isn't rocket science -- just hard work and smarts

Proving once again that improving students' academic performance isn't so mysterious, here's an article from the Anchorage Daily News (in Alaska) that examines the factors that have worked dramatically at public schools in that state:

  • "Goals are clearly defined, and everyone understands how to reach them."
  • "Tests are used often to measure progress and adjust lessons."
  • "Teachers expect a lot of students."
  • "Staff can explain test data to parents [and] use data to teach better."
  • "Lessons cover material that students are tested on."

There's no magic formula, according to Roger Sampson, Alaska's education chief, who says, "The difference is the incredible leadership, the high expectations, the focus."


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