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School Improvement Processes

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Overview / Abstract:

This course focuses on the use of assessments in K-12 education and in developing school improvement plans from a principal perspective. Candidates review the types of assessments that a school leader needs to be familiar with, and how a school leader can use assessment data to measure student achievement. Additionally, the model and processes of continuous school improvement are explored.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

The Context for Accountability and School Improvement Plans

Analyze changes in public policy and initiatives to increase accountability.
Examine challenges to increased accountability.
Research leadership theories related to educational accountability.
The School Improvement Process

Examine the importance of inquiry for school improvement and the change process.
Describe the model and the processes of continuous school improvement.
Analyze the reciprocal relationships among curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Examine the use and management of technology in school improvement and its relationship to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Critique current research on the uses of assessment and student achievement data to develop curriculum and to implement effective instruction for diverse learners.

Describe the types of assessments and assessment tools used in K-12 education.
Compare and contrast the features, strengths, and limitations of formal and informal assessments.
Interpret standardized test scores to communicate them to school stakeholders.
Assessments (continued)

Summarize information from formal and informal assessments to determine the levels of student achievement and to guide instruction.
Explain how student achievement data and other information can be used to monitor the effectiveness of school practices and their impact on student learning.
Data-driven Decision Making

Identify types of data used for curricular and instructional decisions to ensure learning for all students.
Examine societal, organizational, and individual variables that impact decision making.
Analyze decision making models.
Research the processes and challenges of group decision making.
Developing School Improvement Plans from a Principal Perspective

Determine ways to capitalize on the diversity of the school community to improve school programs and meet the needs of diverse students.
Propose possible partnerships that can be formed with parents, families, and the business community.
Identify the steps and processes involved in developing and implementing a school improvement plan.
Create a school improvement plan that includes the school community in inquiry, implementation, and reflection.


Oct 31, 2020


Office Management , Education (Higher Ed) , Education (K-12)





Credits / Hours

3.0 CEU

Keywords / Search Terms

University of Phoenix

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