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Resource Bank

 

ABSTRACT

Stakeholder Perceptions
A public school district in a mid-Atlantic state endured a series of controversies, including the turnover of the superintend-ency six times between 1997 and 2010.

A 2011 doctoral study by Evelyn Freeman at Walden University examined how community members viewed the lack of consistent leadership.

The key themes of her findings included stakeholders’ unrealistic short-term expectations of superintendent performance; insufficient briefings of superintendents on the pressing stakeholder conflicts; and school funding being subject to political manipulation. In addition, participants reported the lack of consistent financial support for needed reforms served stakeholders’ interests at the expense of the schools.

Copies of “Stakeholder Perceptions of Superintendent Turnover” can be ordered from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or info@proquest.com.

 

BITS & PIECES

Exit Exam Policies
“State High School Tests: Changes in High School Exit Exam Policies” is available at www.cep-dc.org.

Produced by the Center on Education Policy, the report uses the center’s 10th annual survey of state departments of education in 2011 to explore changes in state policies in relation to required high school senior exit exams.

Meatless Monday
Metz Culinary Management has joined the National Meatless Monday Movement, an initiative to reduce meat consumption by 15 percent in part by removing meat from the school lunch menu one day a week.

The program aims to promote environmental sustainability, animal welfare and long-term personal health. It is a nonprofit initiative supported by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

For more information, visit www.meatlessmonday.com.

College/Career Readiness
The Center on Education Policy has produced “State High School Tests: Changes in State Policies and the Impact of the College and Career Readiness Movement.”

Based on a survey of 50 state departments of education, the report looks at how high school senior exams have been affected by college and career readiness programs.

The full report and state profiles are available at www.cep-dc.org.

Student Self-Assessment
As part of the Focus On series, the Educational Research Service produced a resource booklet on how schools can support and implement student self-assessment.

Titled “Promoting Learning through Student Self-Assessment,” the report features useful strategies and a list of print and online resources. The booklet includes a discussion of the pros and cons of using rubrics in student self-assessment.

The booklet can be ordered from Editorial Projects in Education at 800-346-1834 or bookorders@epe.org.

Learning Supports
The Education Development Center has released a report based on a case study of the Gainesville, Ga., City Schools as the district developed a system of learning supports.

The report, “Rebuilding for Learning: Addressing Barriers to Learning and Teaching, and Re-engaging Students,” is part of the AASA/Scholastic/UCLA leadership initiative. It describes how Gainesville has increased graduation rates and decreased disciplinary action referrals over three years.

The full report is accessible at www.smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/casestudy.pdf.

 

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