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Curriculum Alignment Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement

ISBN-10: 141296007X

ISBN-13: 9781412960076

Edition: 2009

Authors: David A. Squires

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Use the power of alignment to strengthen curriculum and raise student achievement! This resource offers school administrators and curriculum specialists concrete, practical guidance for aligning curriculum and instruction to state standards and assessments to improve teaching and learning. The author offers research-based strategies that reinforce the importance of curriculum alignment and demonstrates how districts can: Use alignment as a major curriculum design element Translate research in to measurable results Expand options for raising test results and student outcomes Connect school policy with continuous school improvement Meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 8/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

David A. Squires is currently an associate professor working with doctoral students in the Educational Leadership Program at Southern Connecticut State University, specializing in curriculum, school reform, and organizational development. Previous positions include with the Comer School Development Program at Yale University; as a central office administrator for over a decade in Red Bank, New Jersey, where student achievement improved from below to above grade level; as a research specialist at Research for Better Schools in Philadelphia; as a graduate research assistant in the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his doctorate in curriculum and super�vision with minors in language arts education and administration; and as a high school English teacher in suburban Pittsburgh and inner-city Cleveland. He heads a con�sulting firm, ABC Education Consultants, LLC, that assists school districtsnbsp;in writing and implementing the Balanced Curriculum.

Preface
List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Alignment and Instruction, Textbooks, and Standardized Tests
Introduction to Curriculum Alignment
What is Alignment?
Alignment Problems
The Alignment Matrix
Alignment and Instruction
Introduction
The "Reform Up Close" Study and Alignment Dimensions
Instructional Alignment and Professional Development
Three Smaller Studies of Instructional Alignment
What Districts Can Do
Alignment and Textbooks
Introduction
Textbook to Test Alignment
Summary of Findings for Studies of Textbook to Test Alignment
Quality of Textbook Instruction
Modifying the Use of Textbooks to Improve Alignment
Summary of Findings for Textbook Alignment
What Districts Can Do
Alignment and Standardized Tests
Introduction
Marzano's Standards Compilation
The Webb Studies:Aligning State Standards, Assessments, and Policies
Webb's WAT Web Site
The Browder Study: Alignment in Special Education
Vertical Alignment
Science Inquiry and Alignment to Three Large-Scale Assessments
The Bowe and Kingsbury Study
The National Center for Educational Statistics Study (2007): Cut Scores for State Tests and the NAEP
Backloanding the Curriculum
Summary of Findings for Studies of Alignment of State Tests
What Districts Can Do
Alignment and Mastery Learning, Project 2061, and TIMSS
Alignment, Reteaching, and Mastery Learning
A Personal Ntoe
Introduction
Bloom's Theory of School Learning
Cohen: Instructional Alignment
The Wishnick Study
Summary of Findings for Studies of Mastery Learning
What Districts Can Do
Ideas From Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Introduction
Project 2061
Summary of Findings for Project 2061
What Districts Can Do
Alignment and the TIMSS Analysis
Introduction
The TIMSS Methodology
Curriculum and Student Acheivement
What Districts Can Do
The Aligned Curriculum
Criteria for a Useful and Useable Curriculum Incorporating Alignment
Introduction
The Many Meaning of Curriculum
The Common Definition of Curriculum
Our Definition of Curriculum
Criteria for a Useful and Useable Curriculum
Addressing Alignment Through a Curriculum Design: The Balanced Curriculum Model
Introduction
Results from School Districts
The Balanced Curriculum Model
Is the Balanced Curriculum Useful and Useable?
What Districts Can Do- A Conclusion
How the Balanced Curriculum Meets This Book's Recommendations for Districts
Summary of Alignment Research and Recommendations
Introduction
Summary of the Book
Summary of the Book's Chapters
The Reasearch Posted on the Alignment Matrix
Major Findings From the Alignment Research
10 Criteria for Structuring a Useful and Useable Curriculum
References
Index