Effective Educational And Instructional School Accountability

766 Words Dec 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Leadership Practices Effective educational and instructional school accountability begins with understanding educational legislation, understanding that schools are social organizations, and utilizing best leadership practices from successful principals. The article Leadership Practices of Successful Middle School Principals provides insights into the how to effectively operate a school in this age of accountability. With the signing into law of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and its replacement Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school accountability is paramount. The best practices for positive impact on student achievement are analyzed and discussed. They encompass sharing leadership, facilitating professional development, leading with an instructional orientation, and acting openly and honestly.
NCLB brought to public schools high levels of accountability and high standards. It not only forced schools to be held accountable for student performance but also for achievement gaps. The law created rewards and sanctions for teachers and schools, which in turn provided an opportunity for public critical analysis of outcomes. Futhermore, it made operating a school more challenging.
To operate a successful school, school leaders must know where the school is going; it must have a vision. That vision must be shared between parents, students, business people, colleges, teachers, staff, and school administration. According to Fullan (2007), a shared vision is more…

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