Don't Throw Out the Baby With the Bath Water

Abstract:Public school accountability prompted by the No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to assess the quality of educational delivery and make changes to assure student academic success, as well as establish a process for continual improvement. Several educational leaders, however, have cautioned against making radical changes without a clear vision of what future high schools should look like. Berthoud High School in Colorado developed an assessment tool to measure the quality in several educational areas and a process for developing professional learning communities focused on targeted areas. The result of this process was a level of discussion and collaboration that gave all stakeholders the ability to criticize, analyze, and identify areas of strength and areas to improve. The new assessment tool and process is a valuable means of quality review and future planning and establishes a foundation to allow …

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