Web Resources: May/June 2012

Managing Multiple Measures

In this report from the Rand Corporation, the authors make a case for moving school accountability beyond standardized test scores to a system that incorporates a multiple measures of school performance.

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools have instituted a nationally recognized teacher evaluation and professional growth system in which multiple measures are used to improve teacher effectiveness.

The work of the Educational Policy Improvement Center provides an expanded view of the skills students need to attain throughout K-12 to be prepared to succeed in college, with an emphasis on the Common Core State Standards.

What We Lose in Winning the Test Score Race

The University of Pennsylvania’s Operation Public Education offers a detailed FAQ on value-added assessment.

A research paper from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Learning About Teaching:  Initial Findings from the Measures of Effective Teaching Project,” examines value-added models.

The Future of Principal Evaluation

Learn more about the Principal Evaluation Initiative.

Revamping Teacher Evaulation

The Colorado Legacy Foundation produced case studies of three school districts in its state that implemented new evaluation systems.

The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality outlines 10 types of evaluations, the pros and cons of each, and provides links to examples of those evaluations in practice.

Education Sector spent several months examining the teacher evaluation system in the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Strengthening the Mind’s Eye

Read “Creating Better Readers and Writers,” a white paper by J. Richard Gentry and Steve Graham that examines the importance of spelling and handwriting instruction in improving academic performance.

“In Dysgraphia: When Writing Hurts,” from the Principal archives, Jeri Fischer and Michael A. Rettig look at this little-known disorder that may be responsible for students’ poor and illegible handwriting.

Tap into research and additional resources recommended by the author.

An Inclusionary Model of Support

This article is the fifth and final installment in the Unlocking Autism series. The pieces in the series, penned by autism experts, educators, and parents, aim to arm principals with the tools they need to support autistic learners, including classroom strategies and behavioral supports. Read all the stories in the series, the special edition of Report to Parents, “Helping Children Understand Autism,” and dozens of online resources.

Parents and Schools

Read the full study, and see the full, downloadable infographic, For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want From K-12 Assessments.

Principal’s Bookshelf

No More Bystanders = No More Bullies is available from the NAESP/NPRC bookstore.

The Common Core and You

Read the Common Core State Standards.

Visit NAESP’s Common Core State Standards Resources Page.