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 School Administrator: June 2015

Bursting Bubbles


Features

Bursting Bubbles: Assessing the New Tests

BY ANDREW S. LATHAM

Will the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments help teachers gauge how well students are mastering skills and content for college and career readiness?

Shifting Assessments

BY RAYMOND YEAGLEY
 
Why to expect a drop in performance when students are tested under the new academic standards. 

Common Core, PARCC and Homegrown Assessment

BY TIM FARQUER
 
A rural district in Illinois is minimizing test prep while using PARCC resources to maximize student growth opportunities.

Balanced Scorecard: A Tool for Monitoring Progress

BY ROBERT W. MULLER
 
The Killeen, Texas, district tracks its work toward performance goals in fundamental areas.
 

 
 Frontline

STARTING POINT

The editor’s invitation for readers to use your "down time" this summer to contribute editorially.

  

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Salaries and Gender

Some surprising finds when the superintendent pay is disaggregated by gender and size of school district.
 

BEST OF THE BLOGS

Six reflective excerpts from some of the top superintendent blogs maintained by AASA members.

  

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Bring Down the Curtain

The panel prescribes action for handling a student's racist and anti-Semitic rants on Facebook.
  

LEGAL BRIEF
Evaluating the School Board Attorney

BY KENNETH T. MURRAY
Though the attorney reports to the board, it is proper and advantageous for the superintendent to guide and objective evaluation procedure.
  

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Should Board Members Be Barred From Teacher Contact?

BY MICHAEL T. ADAMSON
The question really is about type of contact, its purpose and intended result.
 
  

TECH LEADERSHIP
Are You Assessment Ready?

BY KEITH R. KRUEGER
Five ways to gear up for high-stakes, online assessments.
 
  

MY VIEW
Moving Bells and Cockleshells Out of the Schoolhouse

BY MICHAEL MUGITS
A commentary in familiar verse on the education landscape.
  

MY VIEW
Standards as the Roadmap to Effective Leadership

BY JODY SPIRO
A big takeaway from the Wallace Foundation's Principal Pipeline Initiative.
  

MY VIEW
On Patience and Empathy

BY PAMELA R. MORAN
What do you do when nothing seems to influence a student's behavior?
  

READING & RESOURCES 

  • Book Reviews
  • Abstracts
  • Bits & Pieces
      
Insight

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Uniting a Country

BY DAVID K. PENNINGTON
Recent events on his home front lend another reason for committing to end segregation in our schools.
 

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Separating the Twin Faces of Assessment

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
An alternative route for generating a valid handle on accountability.

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
Spreading a STEM Curriculum Districtwide 

BY ELEANOR F. SMALLEY
A partnership with AASA that promises to inspire students in underexplored directions.


PEOPLE WATCH

Recent career moves plus the Sidelight on a superintendent who is part of a popular barbershop quartet.
  

PROFILE: Patrick K. Murphy

BY MERRI ROSENBERG
An unswerving focus on pushing student achievement made the Arlington, Va., educator a finalist for National Superintendent of the Year.
 
 

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READER REPLY

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Search Firms

BY LIZ GRIFFIN
Executive search firms shed light on their business and AASA's latest salary survey.
  

LEADERSHIP LITE