Summary of Reform Ideas

September 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM Leave a comment

The following outline summarizes the SchoolsRetooled thinking on K-12 reform as of this morning.

Current situation: 3-tiered system…

  • Excellent school districts with some subgroup failure
  • Average school districts with some quality issues and recent AYP failures
  • Troubled school districts with persistent underachievement

All would benefit from some national/state/local improvements…

  • No-fault reform – any reform contingent upon incumbents and/or blame is faulty in and of itself
  • Better data standards for…
    • Funding formulas and financial statements
    • Student outcomes
    • Teacher effectiveness
  • Incentives to address pension fund issues leading to…
    • Solvency for traditional pension beneficiaries
    • Portability for non-vested employees
  • Resetting NCLB accountabilities targeting…
    • Near universal proficiency in ELA and Math beginning with 2019 graduates
    • Sliding scale for classes of 2013-2018
  • Reorganization of schools…
    • Realignment of school grade clusters to mission and benchmarks…
      • PreK-3rd grade (free public PreK for at-risk students)
      • 4th – 8th grade
      • 9th – 12th grade
    • Redefinition of leadership hierarchy with…
      • General manager leading each organization
      • Balance of instructional leadership and parent/community leadership at the next level of management
      • Teachers and support staff assigned to small learning families with administrative assistants as needed
    • Restructured incentives for professional growth…
      • Annual self-assessment, goal-setting, and evidence-based review
      • Review team including supervisor(s), peers, students, and parents
      • Bonus pools for interdependent staff and leaders
  • New incentives for Students with Special Needs, English Language Learners, and other subgroups for accelerated progress toward grade-level proficiency
  • Advancement of pedagogy to…
    • Realize new potential with technology
    • Maximize student access to personalized learning…matching style, overcoming obstacles
    • Combine memory banking and critical thinking for synthetic and deconstructive problem-solving

Entry filed under: ESEA-NCLB, School Transformation.

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