All Systems Go: The Change Imperative for Whole System by Michael Fullan

By Michael Fullan

In accordance with Fullan’s paintings with college districts and massive structures within the usa, uk, and Canada, this source lays out a entire motion plan for attaining entire method reform.

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A robust data system that tracks student achievement and teacher effectiveness; 2. Improving teacher and principal quality through recruitment, training, and rewarding excellence; Deceptive Inadequacies 29 3. Turning around the 5,000 worst-performing schools in the country (out of the total 100,000), including taking the ceiling off the number of charter schools, presumably so they could help tackle this problem; and 4. The development of higher standards and assessments in which every state and states together would set internationally benchmarked standards and assessments.

Large gaps spell doom. The facts are impressive and scary. Andreas Schleicher (2009a) is the head of the Indicators and Analysis division of OECD. He runs PISA. In the 1960s, the United States was number one in the world in terms of the percentage of adults with high school qualifications (87%); by the 1990s, they were 13th. In 1995, the United States was number one in postsecondary graduation rates and they spent the most money per student. By 2005, they still spent the most money per student, but by that time they were surpassed by Australia and 12 other countries.

It won’t surprise you to know that all this made no difference in student performance (Hanushek & Lindseth, 2009, p. 53). This example is dramatic but is only different in degree, not kind. The vast majority of court-awarded decisions to plaintiffs with corresponding new monies did not impact student learning because the strategy was simple minded—spend more money on piecemeal solutions. Whether it is new money from NCLB, court orders, or whatever, you can’t buy reform with simple resources, no matter how 26 THE SYSTEM large.

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