The School Administrator


October 2011 Number 9, Vol. 68Missing the MarkMisapplying standardized tests for school accountability and the sorting of teachers


  • Missing the Mark: What Test Scores Really Tell Us


    One instrument can’t do it all, which is why using the same standardized test for evaluating classroom instruction and for high-stakes school accountability is wildly misguided and inappropriate.

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  • The Elusive Value in ‘Value Added’


    Technical and practical obstacles lead to unreliability and bias in sorting teachers based on student test scores, according to the author, who coordinates a campaign for the Economic Policy Institute.

    Similar Reading: Broader Bolder Campaign and Additional Resources

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  • Why School Teams Don’t Analyze Data


    Based on his work as a data coach with more than 200 school teams, the author has identified several conditions schools must have in place for data analyses that contribute to better learning.

    Similar Reading: Additional Resources

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  • Myth of the ‘Last-In’ Superstar


    A coaching model, crafted by a superintendent and principal, for moving past the notion that every new teacher is a budding superstar. This mentoring process acknowledges teaching is a developmental scheme.

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  • Five Habits of Highly Effective Teachers


    A supervisor of student teachers sets a duty for administrators — articulating the mind-set and practices of delivering instruction at a high level.

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Profile: David S. Doty

    A Startup District's 'Uber-Tweeter' by Jay P. Goldman

    As the first appointed leader of a new district in Utah, David Doty has applied social media to communicate at unusual levels.

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    Punchback: Answering Critics

    Countering Critics at Public Meetings by JEFF M. OLEFSON

    The comment portion of monthly board meetings, designed to provide community access, can be hijacked by individuals with no interest in the public good. Once you see their game plan, you need to counter it and turn the tables.

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    Four Hallmarks of Effective Screening Interviews by HENRY V. WAGNER JR.

    A Maryland school district uses a hiring process that’s contributed positively to general perceptions surrounding recent appointments.

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    President's Corner

    Picture This by PATRICIA E. NEUDECKER

    We may fully understand the professional jargon, but these same terms befuddle stakeholders. How can we help the public understand what’s happening in education?

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    AASA School Solutions

    What Highly Effective School Leaders Do To Sustain Success by ALAN M. BLANKSTEIN

    The president of the HOPE Foundation has five ideas he’s drawn from recent studies of successful school and district leadership.

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    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    Misunderstanding a Conflict of Interest by MICHAEL T. ADAMSON

    Most conflicts of interest around personnel matters involving salary or discipline prove not to be legal conflicts for board members.

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    Guest Column

    Something’s Amiss in the International Race and Rankings by KEN MITCHELL

    A well-educated citizenry is important, but you must be cautious about drawing conclusions about poor showing on global rankings. A UNICEF report sees a pattern of relationships among health, material well-being and education standing.

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    Our monthly compilation of superinten-dents who are moving up or out of the field, as well as a few who’ve passed away.

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    Executive Perspective

    Freeing Schools of Inappropriate Assessments by DANIEL A. DOMENECH

    A teaching-to-the-test culture has resulted in the diminution of the comprehensive curriculum and an overemphasis on the subjects being tested. There is a better way.

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