Public Schools 5 Year Plan
Excerpted from the "Boston Public Schools 5 Year Reform Plan: Focus on
Children II: Focus on Results" (December 2000)
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Essential Two: Use student work and assessments to identify student needs, plan professional development, improve instruction and assess progress.
Specific steps to be included as part of each school's focus on literacy and math:
What every school must achieve: School based staff are trained in Looking At Student Work and interpreting assessment data and are using both effectively to improve instruction. Professional development is driven by seamless use of both Looking at Student Work and student assessment data. Criteria for assessing student work are used consistently throughout the school and are familiar to students and parents.
- Looking at Student Work is an essential strategy for schools and needs to be a critical aspect of every Whole School Improvement Plan.
- Clear curriculum standards building on Literacy and Math will be developed for each subject area that maps the steps from where students are to where they need to be. It is not sufficient to describe where we eventually want all students to be and what we expect them to know.
- Clear instructional plans need to be developed for every student who is below standard, and every teacher needs to follow these plans.
- Technology needs to be used to assist classroom teachers with instruction, with the use of data, and with assessments of individual student competencies.