Deep Curriculum Alignment Creating a Level Playing Field for All Children on High-Stakes Tests of Accountability

ISBN-10: 0810839717
ISBN-13: 9780810839717
Edition: 2001
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Description: This text explores the flaws in state mandated testing, advocating a more comprehensive approach to teaching and testing.

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List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/27/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

This text explores the flaws in state mandated testing, advocating a more comprehensive approach to teaching and testing.

Fenwick W. English (Ph.D.) is the R. Wendell Eaves Senior Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a position he has held since 2001. As a scholar/practitioner he has held positions as a school principal and superintendent of schools in California and New York and as a department chair, dean, and vice-chancellor of academic affairs at universities in Ohio and Indiana. He is the former President of the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) and of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA). His research has been reported in national and international academic forums. He edited the 2006 SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration , the 2009 SAGE Library of Educational Thought and Practice: Educational Leadership and Administration ; and the 2011 SAGE Handbook of Educational Leadership (2nd Ed.). In 2013, he received the Living Legend Award from NCPEA for his lifetime contribution to the field of educational leadership.

Betty E. Steffy is a retired professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University. She formerly was a dean of a School of Education at a regional campus of Purdue University and served as deputy superintendent of instruction in the Kentucky Department of Education. She served as a superintendent of schools in New Jersey and as a director of curriculum for a regional educational agency in Pennsylvania. She created the professional development model entitled Life Cycle of the Career Teacher. She is the author/coauthor of ten books in education and numerous articles and symposium papers at UCEA and AERA. She earned her BA, MAT, and EdD from the University of Pittsburgh.

Introduction
Facing the Scourge of the Test Score Zeitgeist
Culprits
Some popular myths about tests
The nature of curriculum alignment
Key concepts of this chapter
Applications
References
Understanding the Dynamics of the Playing Field
The basic construct: the curriculum and the test
The United States: one nation--except for a curriculum
The genius of the norm-referenced standardized test: an exam that doesn't need a curriculum or political decisions to determine passing or mastery scores
Understanding the forces that comprise the "playing field"
The fallacy of "value added" measures: using test score gains to pay teachers
The "teaching to the test" conundrum: what is ethical?
Key concepts of this chapter
Applications
References
Initiating Actions to Level the Competitive Playing Field
Frontloading or backloading?
Curriculum as organizational memory
Where to start the alignment process?
Steps in developing a frontloaded curriculum
Key concepts of this chapter
Applications
References
Engaging in Deep Curriculum Alignment
The emerging research on curriculum alignment
The Zellmer study
The Price-Baugh study
The Moss-Mitchell study
The practice of pedagogical parallelism
A step-by-step guide to pedagogical parallelism as the key to deep curriculum alignment
Key concepts of this chapter
References
Creating a Viable Alternative to Testing as Mass Inspection
Problems with current forms of high-stakes accountability tests
Positive trends in state assessment programs
Re-asserting the primacy of curriculum in the testing debate
The terrain of struggle: what does it mean to teach social justice?
Colleges of education: solutions or problems?
Key concepts of this chapter
Applications
References
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

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