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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning

Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City, Richard J Murnane
This book, written for teachers and administrators, provides advice on how to interpret and use assessment results to improve student outcomes. Strategies cover ways to examine, interpret and analyse data from large-scale and classroom tests, identify potential obstacles and discuss data with colleagues. The book shows how to use findings and develop an action plan for teaching, and suggests approaches for subsequent assessments. Suggestions for school leaders focus on building assessment literacy and planning collaboration among staff. A resources section highlights further support and protocols for districts in the USA. (Adapted from review in Harvard Educational Review Spring 2007. See also publisher's description.) 

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Standards-based Assessment in the Senior Secondary School: A Research Synthesis

Nick Zepke, Linda Leach, Jill Brandon, et al.
NZQA, February 2006
A review and synthesis of research on standards-based assessment (SBA) in senior secondary school is presented in this New Zealand report. Using 80 selected research studies, the authors consider the impact of SBA on students' motivation and achievement; teacher workload; and issues for ethnic, gender and high achieving groups and manageability. SBA is found to be more effective at assessing some but not necessarily all learning objectives. The authors highlight that SBA requires adequate teacher training and resourcing, and may 'atomise' rather than integrate learning. For teachers, SBA pedagogy may initially increase workload, but can provide increased focus on student needs and outcomes. For students, SBA may increase motivation, but also tends to present additional workload issues. Although the lack of research on SBA and diversity is noted, the report suggests that alternative assessments should be offered for diverse groups. (Adapted from executive summaryAnnounced August 2006.)

Subject Headings

Education management
New Zealand

Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2007

Recently updated, the Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2007 outlines Australian education data from a wide range of sources. It includes information about education costs and expenditures, indigenous education and training, childcare and preschool, primary and secondary schools, VET and higher education. The Directory includes details of, and links to, various research reports, covering topics such as international student enrolments, adult literacy, transition from education to work, career experiences and international comparisons of maths, science and literacy outcomes. Classifications and manuals for Australian education and training statistics are listed. (Adapted from summary.)

Subject Headings

Education research
Educational administration

Teaching Teachers to Use Technology

D Lamont Johnson, Kulwadee Kongrith
Haworth Press,  2007
Strategies and models for incorporating technology into teacher education and professional development are outlined. The book describes how to use inquiry learning, network based assessment, and online collaboration and reading to involve teachers in using ICT. Recent research and case studies into technology and teacher education in the USA are discussed, with suggestions for best practice including a model program for faculties, using ICT to prioritise educational equity, major barriers to incorporating technology into the curriculum, and using technology for assessment. (Adapted from distributor's description. See also publisher's description.)

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Subject Headings

Teacher training
Professional development
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

The Learning Compact Redefined: A Call to Action

ASCD,  2007
A policy for reforming US education around the needs of the whole child is outlined. The report argues that student health, engagement, teacher–student relationships and partnerships between schools, families and the wider community are necessary for academic achievement. The authors discuss how recent developments such as ICT, the workplace and an increasingly diverse population necessitate reform that involves teachers, parents, businesses, health and social service providers, arts professionals, recreation leaders and policymakers. Key strategies for the future are detailed, along with further recommendations for local school districts, states, federal government and communities. The report calls for provision for learning and practicing a healthy lifestyle, environments that are more intellectually challenging, physically and emotionally safe, increasing student engagement through community connections, individualised instruction from qualified and caring teachers, preparation for further study and employment. (Adapted from report.)

Subject Headings

Social welfare
Inclusive education
United States of America (USA)

Jousting for the New Generation

David Loader
ACER,  2007

Featuring contributions from teacher educators, school leaders and others, this collection of essays addresses a range of issues for education in Australia today. The author hopes to encourage critical debate about prevailing educational cultures, examining various issues that challenge the status quo. Topics covered include student-initiated learning, alternative structures, allowing schools to be different, punishment and reform, principal isolation, being human as a school leader and educational fashion versus contemporary imperatives. (Adapted from publisher's description.)


Subject Headings

Educational administration
Education policy