Total Instructional Alignment From Standards to Student Success

ISBN-10: 1934009016
ISBN-13: 9781934009017
Edition: N/A
Authors: Lisa Carter
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Description: With all the programs, reform efforts, and innovations designed to fix our schools and improve student achievement, there is one basic question that often goes unasked: ¿Are students actually being taught those things we expect them to learn?¿ Total  More...

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List price: $24.95
Publisher: Solution Tree
Publication date: 10/22/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.37" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

With all the programs, reform efforts, and innovations designed to fix our schools and improve student achievement, there is one basic question that often goes unasked: ¿Are students actually being taught those things we expect them to learn?¿ Total Instructional Alignment (TIA) explains why the answer to this question is often ¿No,¿ and then details how to implement the TIA three-step process so there is alignment between standards, curriculum, classroom instruction, and assessment. The TIA process ensures that students are being taught what we expect them to learn. It is not ¿teaching to the test¿; rather, TIA is ¿teaching to the tested concepts.¿ Leaving no child behind requires all schools design an instructional program that not only aligns instruction to standards, benchmarks, and assessments, but also presents instruction that is aligned to the learning needs of each individual student. The TIA process is a step beyond curriculum alignment; it ensures that alignment occurs in every classroom throughout the entire school and district. Total Instructional Alignment examines vertical and horizontal alignment structures; flexible grouping practices; and the roles of policy, practices, and leadership in redesigning the educational system to ensure that all students learn. Also included are a variety of alignment tools and information on how to sustain the process. Total Instructional Alignment is a teachers¿ and administrators¿ guide for implementing and sustaining an educational system that ensures students are taught and learn what is required by benchmarks, assessments, and state standards, and to the learning needs of each individual student. This is accomplished by providing a tight alignment between the intended, taught, and tested curricula.

Edmundo Paz Sold�n is the author of six novels and two short story collections. He was awarded the 2002 Bolivian National Book Award for Turing’s Delirium and a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship. He has won the National Book Award in Bolivia, the prestigious Juan Rulfo Award, and was a finalist for the Romulo G�llegos Award. He is an associate professor at Cornell University. One of the few McOndo writers who live in the United States, he is frequently called upon as the movement’s spokesperson by the American media.

About the Author
Foreword
Introduction
What Is Total Instructional Alignment?
Aligning the System
Aligning Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment
Aligning Instruction
Aligning Assessment
Leadership and Change
References and Additional Resources

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