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The leaders guide to standards : a blueprint for educational equity and excellence
Reeves, Douglas B., 1953-
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First edition.
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San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2002]

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xxv, 358 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
The case for standards -- Standards and norms : what's the difference? -- Standards-based performance assessments : the key to standards implementation -- Power standards -- Instructional leadership -- Standards and community leadership : communicating with parents, politicians, and community members -- Data-driven decision making -- Creating ownership and support for standards -- Redefining educational accountability -- Assessing leadership performance -- The role of the superintendent -- The role of the board of education -- The role of state leadership -- The national leadership imperative -- Conclusion, the enduring values of leadership.
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In today's school environment educational leaders are mandated to use academic standards to measure the progress of their school's teachers and students. Despite the wealth of material that addresses the topic of academic standards there is little written for those who must lead the effort to put in place an effective standards system. The Leader's Guide to Standards is a landmark book-- written by Douglas Reeves, an expert in academic standards, performance assessment, and accountability-- that shows school principals, assistant principals, teachers, and district-level administrators how to build a comprehensive accountability system for standards-based reform that focuses on leadership skills. Reeves offers practical recommendations for assessing and nurturing teacher performance, setting up balanced assessment and accountability policies, and making the case for standards to the public. In addition, the book addresses the vital role that policymakers from the local school board to state and national leaders play in the successful implementation of educational standards.

Author Notes

Douglas B. Reeves -- one of the nation's leading authorities on academic standards, performance assessment, and accountability is chairman and founder of the Center for Performance Assessment. He is author of fourteen books, including The Daily Disciplines of Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2002). Reeves was named to the Distinguished Authors Series by the Harvard University Graduate School of Education for 2002 and won the Parent's Choice Award for his book, 20-Minute Learning Connection. He was named Education Writer of the Year by the California County Superintendents Association.

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Choice Review

Written to help principals, district administrators, and politicians tackle new state academic standards, this volume works best as a good "how-to" manual, providing clear strategies for creating efficient organization and management systems. Reeves makes a case for the fairness and value of standards, explains how to make standards work, and describes the roles of various educational leaders. He ends with an extensive list of "leadership tools, checklists, and forms" useful for beginning standards reform efforts. Reeves's attraction to business models, his few words on the problems of high-stakes testing, his reference to critics as being "anti-standard," and his insistence that standards are objective will disgruntle many who question current initiatives. At the same time, his arguments are not simplistic. He clearly articulates the inadequacy of norm-referenced testing and recognizes the impossibility of schools adequately addressing every standard imposed on them. This book will interest both those who want practical guidance for meeting standards and those who oppose current initiatives. The latter will find plenty with which to argue but will also find a clear message and a reasonable tone that may make subsequent argument more productive. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners D. K. Kaufman University of Connecticut

Table of Contents

Preface: Why Standards?p. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
The Authorp. xxiii
Books by Douglas Reevesp. xxv
Part 1 The Standards Imperativep. 1
1. The Case for Standardsp. 3
2. Standards and Norms: What's the Difference?p. 13
3. Standards-Based Performance Assessment: The Key to Standards Implementationp. 31
4. Power Standards: How Leaders Add Value to State and National Standardsp. 47
5. Instructional Leadershipp. 59
6. Standards and Community Leadership: Communicating with Parents, Politicians, and Community Membersp. 75
7. Data-Driven Decision Makingp. 95
Part 2 Strategic Leadership for Educational Standardsp. 113
8. Creating Ownership and Support for Standardsp. 115
9. Redefining Educational Accountabilityp. 127
10. Assessing Leadership Performancep. 139
Part 3 Leadership Roles for Educational Standardsp. 153
11. The Role of the Superintendentp. 155
12. The Role of the Board of Educationp. 183
13. The Role of State Leadershipp. 199
14. The National Leadership Imperativep. 237
Conclusion: The Enduring Values of Leadershipp. 251
Appendix Leadership Tools, Checklists, and Formsp. 259
Referencesp. 339
Indexp. 343