Sunday, October 18, 2009

School Reform Lexicon

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Synonyms for and terms indicative of "School Reform"
  • Closing the Achievement Gap (i.e., white-black and white-hispanic difference in mean scores on high-stakes tests)
  • Traditional education
  • Back-to-Basics
  • Basic education
  • Corporatist School Reform
  • Industrialized education
  • Charter schools... [Index]
  • Miltary charter schools
  • Militaristic or highly regimented charter schools
  • Top-Down administration
  • Centralization and elimination of Site-Based Management
  • Renaissance
  • Community engagement
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Weak school boards
  • Mayoral appointment of School Board Directors
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB) - Federal legislation
Terms Pertaining to No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Reformist Terms Pertaining to Monitoring and Assessment
  • High Stakes Tests (internal article)
  • Teacher Quality Assessment
  • Instructional Leadership
  • The Learning Walk
  • Benchmark tests
Terms Pertaining to Use of Assessment Results
  • Data-driven decision making (DDDM)
  • Performance Management System
  • Failed schoools
  • Student promotion decisions
  • Teacher promotion/dismissal/incentives/bonuses; Merit Pay
  • District interventions: School closure, reconstitution, "Turn-around," interim principals,
  • Reconstitution of failed schools as charter schools
Reformist Terms Pertaining to Pedagogical Approach
  • Teaching-to-the-test
  • Narrowly-focused instruction
  • Direct instruction and Scripted lessons
  • Drill-and-skill 
  • Industrialized education 
Reformist Terms Pertaining to Curriculum
  • Core curriculum
  • Curriculum alignment
  • Uniform national standards
  • Unpaid internships in high school
  • on-line learning
  • small rewards and punishments
Terms that are identified with the Charter Schools:
  • Innovation
  • Competition
  • School Choice movement
  • Military
  • "Bubble kids"
  • Parent-student-school contracts
  • Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics (U. Chicago)
Miscellaneous terms that signal a corporatist reform agenda:
  • The Broad Academy of Superintendents
  • Superintendent's Plan of Entry
  • Strategic Plan;
  • Outside Stakeholders
Major financial supporters of Corporate School Reform and Charter Schools
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Broad Foundation
  • The Stuart Foundation
  • The Walton Family Foundation

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