Across the country, schools and school districts are embracing standards-based reform and mastering its challenges. Determined educators are creating rich learning environments for their students, expanding learning time and opportunities, restructuring systems and practices in ways that are leading to higher student achievement.
Rising to the Test: Meeting the Challenges of Standards, Assessment and Accountability
Tune in on December 6th as the National Education Goals Panel highlights schools in three districts that are meeting the challenge:
Educators from these sites will join Panel Members and education experts to describe their initiatives, identify common practices and discuss ways in which policy can be aligned to better support local improvement efforts. Viewers will have an opportunity to pose questions to the panelists by telephone or fax.
- Fort Recovery Local Schools, Fort Recovery, Ohio - Hear Superintendent Pat Niekamp and others describe how this small, rural district has reached the highest ranking in the Ohio accountability system. Learn how they have used strategic planning, staff empowerment, data-based decision making and other strategies to create a climate of continuous academic improvement.
- Mount Royal Elementary School, Baltimore City Public Schools - Hear Principal Mark Frankel and others describe how they have built a school with high numbers of economically disadvantaged students into a hub of high achievement. Recognized by the Maryland Department of Education for their significant gains on state tests, Mount Royal epitomizes the belief that all children can learn and has created the learning opportunities to turn belief into reality.
- Henrico County (VA) Public Schools and Hermitage High School - Superintendent Mark Edwards and others will describe how this suburban Richmond district and this large, diverse high school have achieved recognition for their improvements on state assessments. Data analysis and professional development are key elements of a continuous improvement strategy that is helping move all students to higher levels of achievement.