The Challenge of Curricular and Instructional Improvement in an Era of High Stakes Testing

Clark, Sally N.; Clark, Donald C.
November 2001
Middle School Journal;Nov2001, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p52
Academic Journal
The article reports the challenges that prohibit the curricular and instructional improvement in middle schools and offers suggestions on how middle school leaders can effectively impose improvement programs. One of the significant challenges in middle school improvement includes the creation and maintenance of high-quality responsive curriculum and instruction in an era of standard based reform and high-stakes accountability. Helping teachers make changes in their classroom that will support high quality student learning is another barrier to school improvement. Meanwhile, to promote significant changes in classroom teaching and student learning, middle school leaders should collaborate with teachers, parents and central office administration in developing, implementing and maintaining curriculum structures and instructional approaches that are developmentally appropriate and standards based.


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