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978-0-8108-3971-7 • Paperback • March 2001 • $51.00 • (£39.00)
Fenwick W. English is the R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and program coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Betty E. Steffy is a Professor in the Graduate Faculty at the Iowa State University Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. They are the authors of several books, including Curriculum and Assessment for World-Class Schools (Scarecrow Education 1997).
Chapter 1 Facing the Scourge of the Test Score Zeitgeist
Chapter 2 Understanding the Dynamics of the Playing Field
Chapter 3 Initiating Actions to Level the Competitive Playing Field
Chapter 4 Engaging in Deep Curriculum Alignment
Chapter 5 Creating a Viable Alternative to Testing as Mass Inspection
Chapter 6 Index
A well-written, thoroughly researched, and highly readable work, Curriculum Alignment challenges educators in K-12 and higher education by raising the level of discussion about ways the curriculum should be aligned to what students need to know.
— Charles J. Russo
In 31 years of teaching and observing and coaching, the processes of teaching and learning have never been more on target since we deeply aligned our curriculum using the process defined by Dr. English...deep alignment of the curriculum is leveling the playing field in Victoria.
— Dr. Jan Jacob, assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in Victoria, Texas
Fen English and Betty Steffy skillfully weave theory into practice. They help school practitioners make sense of the political forces at work in today's educational scene. With today's emphasis on testing, school leaders are hell-bent to increase test scores, often creating two school systems in the process—one for the haves and one for the have nots. This book tells us how to remedy the situation.
— Jack Jenkins, professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations, University of Florida
Our association has sponsored numerous seminars and conducted more than fifty curriculum management audits in Texas schools using the standards developed by Fenwick English. Fenwick English and Betty Steffy are respected authorities in the field of curriculum management. I invite school leaders who are interested in attaining the highest levels of performance to look deeply into their latest book to learn how curriculum alignment can elevate student achievement in a high-stakes environment.
— Johnny L. Veselka, executive director, Texas Association of School Administrators
Finally, we have a resource available which will map the critical issues surrounding deep alignment and its pivotal role in leveling the playing field for all students.
— Carolyn Martin, district assessment coordinator, Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky
A must read! After applying Dr. English's principles of curriculum alignment, our state assessment scores showed impressive gains. Math scores doubled and even tripled in some schools, stabilizing at levels above state averages.
— Dr. Joseph Gasper, assistant superintendent, Newaygo County, Michigan
English and Steffy strike a major blow at the mythology that has handicapped educational leaders in the nation's public school systems for decades. This book is a "must read" for district and school-based instructional leaders who know that we cannot work any harder, so we must work smarter, to achieve the gains that our public experts and our children deserve.
— Harvey W. Perkins, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for Instruction, Newport News Public Schools, Virginia
…English and Steffy now have provided administrators with the "how" to complement the "what" and "why."
— (2001); School Administrator