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Doubling Student Performance

Doubling Student Performance
. . . And Finding the Resources to Do It

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January 2009 | 184 pages | Corwin

"In my work, I see the power of good schools to change young lives for the better almost every day. This book takes us behind the doors of unusually high-performing high-poverty schools to show us how they do it and where they get the funding. The book is a valuable tool for educators who want to improve their results and a reminder to parents and policy makers that we should never expect less."
—Kati Haycock, President
The Education Trust

Radically reform your school and improve academic achievement using readily accessible resources!

At a time when the United States is struggling with far-reaching educational reform, school leaders need a blueprint for dramatically improving student success and supporting those efforts by effectively reallocating and managing available resources.

Doubling Student Performance combines the latest research with the authors' national study of diverse schools that were able to significantly boost student achievement. Strategies focus on reducing class size, promoting professional development, locating necessary funding, and providing academic support to struggling students. School leaders will find:

  • Examples and case studies that include high-minority and high-poverty schools
  • 10 key strategies for dramatically increasing student achievement, such as setting ambitious goals and emphasizing a collaborative culture
  • Clear steps and specific tools to successfully reallocate resources

This book is a valuable tool for educators and policy makers who understand that reform is only possible when schools have the human and financial resources to do it.

1. Places That Have Doubled Student Performance
Rural Districts and Schools that have Doubled Perfo  
Rosalia, Washington  
Abbotsford, Wisconsin  
Doubling Student Performance at the Advanced Level: Monroe, Wisconsin  
Monroe school district improvement process  
Other Rural Examples  
Medium Sized Districts  
The Madison, Wisconsin Story  
Kennewick, Washington  
LaCrosse, Wisconsin  
Columbus School in Appleton, Wisconsin  
Doubling Performance in High Minority, High Poverty Schools  
2. The Stimulus for Change and the Educational Change Process
Pressure from Multiple Sources to Improve Student Achievement  
Pressure from State-Standards Based Reform  
Pressure from District Administrators  
Pressure from Within the School  
Pressure from the Federal Government  
The Large-Scale Organizational Change Process  
Laying the Foundation for Change  
Creating a New Educational Strategy  
Implementation, Monitoring and Continuous Improvement  
3. Ten Steps to Double Student Performance
Step 1: Understanding the Performance Problem and Challenge  
Step 2: Set Ambitious Goals  
Step 3: Change the Curriculum Program and Create a New Instructional Vision  
Step 4: Formative Assessments and Data-Based Decision-Making  
Step 5: Ongoing, Intensive Professional Development  
Step 6: Using Time Efficiently and Effectively  
Step 7: Extending Learning Time for Struggling Students  
Step 8: Collaborative, Professional Culture  
Step 9: Widespread and Distributed Instructional Leadership  
Step 10: Professional and Best Practices  
Summary and Conclusions  
4. Reducing Class Size
Resources at School Sites  
Reallocating Resources to Reduce Elementary Class Size  
School-Wide Strategies to Reduce Class Sizes  
A District wide Strategy to Reduce Class Size in Early Elementary Grades  
5. Finding Resources for Professional Development
Resources Needed for an Effective Professional Development Program  
A Professional Development Fiscal and Program Audit  
Doubling Performance Districts  
Using Extant Professional Development Days Effectively  
Planning and Professional Development Time  
6. Funding Extra-Help Strategies
Individual and Small-Group Tutoring for Struggling Students  
Extended Time for Struggling Students to Learn the Core Curriculum  
Summer School Program Focused on Core Instruction  
7. Linking Resources Needed to Double Performance
Finance Adequacy  
Approaches to School Finance Adequacy  
Evidence-Based Approach to School Finance Adequacy  

"This book provides examples of urban, suburban, and rural schools and districts that have doubled student performance. These district and school best practices are chronicled throughout this book and accompanied by a series of ten steps to doubling student performance. The authors detail how the reallocation of time and resources contributed to the doubling of student performance."

Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director
National Association of Secondary School Principals

"The authors strike a balance between research-based practices and evidence from real schools. The chapter outlining the 10 steps was especially useful because it allows the reader to take a mental inventory of what he or she already has under way and what may come next. Three additional chapters—on smaller class size, professional development and extra help for students—serve as case studies with the key concept that funding possibilities are endless when you look for them."

The School Administrator, September 2010, Vol. 67(8)
American Association of School Administrators

"This is a must-read book for state, district, and school leaders. It reaffirms the good work that is happening in many, many places in our country and describes the strategies and use of resources that make a significant difference in student achievement."

Paul Rosier, Executive Director, Washington Association of School Administrators
Former Superintendent, Kennewick (WA) School District

"In my work, I see evidence of the power of good schools to change young lives for the better almost every day. This book takes us behind the doors of unusually high-performing, high-poverty schools to show us how they do that, and where they get the funding to support their programs. The book is a valuable tool for educators who want to improve their results and a reminder to parents and policy makers that we should never expect less."

Kati Haycock, President
The Education Trust
Key features

  • Based on the latest research, including the authors' study of several schools that effectively implemented resource reallocation programs with improved results in student learning and performance 
  • Includes case studies that illustrate what these high performing schools did to increase student achievement 
  • Provides 10 clear steps that educational leaders can follow to successfully reallocate resources

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