- Criterion 3: Recognizing individual student learning needs and developing strategies to address those needs.
- Criterion 6: Using multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning.
- Criterion 8: Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instructional practice and student learning.
We have chosen to align our work with the CEL model developed at the University of Washington. You can see an updated version and more detail on these criteria here.
- Criterion 3: Planning with Data: Lead the development, implementation and evaluation of the data- driven plan for improvement of student achievement.
- Criterion 5: Improving Instruction: Monitor, assist and evaluate staff implementation of the school improvement plan, effective instruction and assessment practices.
- Criterion 8: Closing the Gap: Demonstrate a commitment to closing the achievement gap.
Though we now know the criterion, much work is in front of us in collaboration with bargaining units for teachers and principals. What data? How will it be collected and interpreted? How much data will we need to collect? How much of the judgment will be based on the collected data? I believe that these are some of the questions that we will face as we meet the intent of the legislation and the requirements for the waiver to NCLB. This is a mandate driven by the discussion at the national level and our state's need to align behavior with federal expectations in order to maintain and possibly enhance federal revenue and qualify for flexibility. Will it result in improved practice and increased student achievement? Could we have achieved the same increases without this mandate? I would say that yes we will see increased achievement while also believing that our system would see the same growth through a focus on our Classroom 10 instructional model without the evaluation mandate. But, that is no longer possible so we will expend considerable energy at the system level to meet these mandates from outside our system.