- Enter school ready to succeed
- Read proficiently by 4th grade
- Make a successful transition to middle school
- Graduate from high school on time
- Be ready for success in college, work, and life
Each of the commission’s recommendations is the focus of a chapter in the State Policy Guide. The ten recommendations are:
School districts and municipalities throughout the U.S. are under intense pressure to reform schools, raise graduation rates, and better prepare American youth for a workforce that must compete globally. Improving America’s educational system so that all students have access to a quality education is important but focusing on that system alone will not ensure the educational success of our nation’s young people.
Three priorities that are clearly critical to student success throughout a child’s academic career are:
Each one is heavily influenced by the actions and thinking of parents as well as educators, community-based providers and students themselves.
By Sharon D. Kruse
Kruse is the author of the AASA book Building Strong School Cultures: A Leader’s Guide to Change, published by Corwin Press.
The following tips can help you build a culture of collaboration in your school.
By Ellen Goldring and Mark Berends
Goldring and Berends are authors of the AASA book Leading with Data: A Path to School Improvement, published by Corwin Press.
The anchor for school improvement efforts is a schoolwide focus on teaching and learning. Toward that end, successful school leaders attend to school effectiveness indicators that are rooted in leading with data, including:
Through the Educating the Total Child advocacy campaign, AASA members are committed to creating the conditions necessary for all students to become successful, lifelong learners. The campaign addresses three key factors that determine children’s academic achievement:
If excellence is necessary for America to continue to effectively compete in the global economy, then there is much work to be done in preparing the next generation of professionals to enter the workplace.