Educational accountability in the United States has a great impact on public school assessment practices. There is a tremendous amount of pressure on schools to demonstrate academic progress; this pressure is mainly in the form of standardized testing. Currently the assessment practices that are used are traditional and non-authentic forms of assessment that reveal only if a student can recognize or recall what they have learned. In an effort to redefine learning in our schools, emphasis needs to be placed on authentic educational assessments and standardized testing to improve student performance. An assessment should reflect real world applications of how knowledge and understanding are used.
This will hopefully make teachers work and try harder to be better teachers. Faculty involvement is a crucial factor in making students want to be more of a part of the school. There c... ... middle of paper ... ...et, http://www.ala.org Standards are listed and its gives ideas on how technology is helpful in raising standards. Bell, T. (2003). Two-thirds of high schools get ‘left behind’ warnings.
As a result of decreased behaviors, classroom enga... ... middle of paper ... ...their student’s character education as well. While continued research is needed to support the implementation of character education programs in schools, one thing is certain. For schools to achieve appropriate positive student-student and student-teacher relationships attention to students character must be addressed. Results are seen in higher school competence, in classroom grades, in standardized test scores, in involvement in the classroom, in prosocial behavior, and in self esteem. The more successful students are in building positive peer relationships, the more likely these students are to achieve academically (Roseth, Johnson & Johnson, 2008).
It is important to note that the use of technology in the classroom can foster learning and improve student’s critical and reflective thinking skills. Teachers and administrators should select materials and technology that are developmentally appropriate and designed to engage the interest in learning. An effective leader has a vision of learning and allows students to set individual goals and plans to reach these goals; the use of technology can increase students’ success. Since the educational reform of No Child Left Behind, educators have struggled to meet the learning standards set by their state and federal government. High academic standards in all core curriculum areas and accountability through assessment are an important aspect in the educational arena.
As appose to looking at theories, action research enables the school professionals to address the areas of concerns that are important to them, and allow them to see how their influence can bring about changes (Ferrance, 2000). In present day, school educators and administrators are now asked to make numerous decisions regarding student achievement and school function. Teachers, school specialists, and administrators are held much more accountable for how schools are run and how students perform academically. Action research helps Teachers, school specialists and administrators assess the needs of students, document stages of the research, analyze data, and make knowledgeable divisions that can direct them to an intended outcome. Action research is not about researching information on a certain topic, but rather a sea... ... middle of paper ... ...wn, Beth Lynne (2002).
However, the main focus was on discipline, suspension, graduation, attendance, ACT average scores, and dropout rates of students in high schools. In addition, to a survey to gather demographic data and information about the time that school counselors spend on counseling and non-counseling duties in the high schools (Carey, et al., 2012). Data was collected and was interpret under the main three questions for the purpose of this study. The questions were regarding the features of ASCA national model that could improve the students’ educational outcomes, the factors that needed to be improve in the school counseling programs in order to assists high school students more efficiently, and the benefits of incorporating career and technical education into the comprehensive school counseling program. Carey, et al., (2012) explained that almost one third of the Nebraska school counselors’ time was spent on non-counseling duties and activities that did not provided any direct servi... ... middle of paper ... ...aware of the new changes to programs that could help students be more successfully academically and increased their opportunities in life.
‘Assessment is one of the most powerful educational tools for promoting effective learning. But it must be used in the right way’ (Assessment Reform Group 1999:2). Critically evaluating effective practices of assessment through its principles and approaches will enable us to explore what impacts it has on children’s learning. Beginning by exploring what assessment for learning is and what are the aims to achieve. Before continuing to explore different forms of assessment for learning evaluating the effectiveness and assessing the impact they have on children’s learning within the classroom.
Policy Problem and Solution The U.S is now facing a problem that affects children today and in the future. These children are the future of the U.S, so shouldn’t they all have the highest quality of education possible. Through new policies implemented by the Board of Education, education has become a competition for schools to earn their funding. The Race to the top is a mandate (p.81) which is a formal order from the national government that the states carry out certain polices, is supposed to create incentive to improve and reform schools (ESEA Blueprint for Reform, 2009), by requiring evaluation systems of teachers to compete with other schools (A. Levine and M. Levine, 2012). Race to the top has created pressure on states, districts, and teachers to improve test scores as a means to earn or keep funds.
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