ASAP® Case Study Assessments for school leaders are aligned to specific state standards and proficiency areas. Districts can assign a combination of case study assessments for a more complete picture of a participant’s areas of strength and need based on the standards and areas of proficiency they wish to focus on. Case studies can also be selected based on their alignment with district learning initiatives to determine if specific learning objectives are being met.
In their ASAP Accounts, participants are given a case study to read and a series of questions that must be answered. Responses are to be no more than 2,000 words, typed in Microsoft Word, saved and uploaded to the website. District administrators are provided with a conceptual framework, a table of standards alignments, a copy of each participants response and a scoring rubric including examples of typical responses at three levels: exceptional, standard, and below standard. Case studies are to be marked by the school district.
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Case Study: Supporting All Students
School leadership is second only to teaching in its impact on student learning. High-quality school leaders make a difference in promoting the learning of all students by setting directions, charting a clear clear that everyone understands, establishing high expectations, and using data to track progress and performance (Leithwood, Seashore Louis, Anderson, & Wahlstrom, 2004). They do this by developing people, providing teachers and others in the system with the necessary support and training to succeed, and ensuring the entire range of conditions and incentives in districts and schools fully supports teaching and learning.
Research indicates there is a strong correlation between the use of effective Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) in schools and improved teacher learning and instruction, and student learning (Carroll, Fulton, & Doerr, 2010).
This case examines the use of PLC’s to address data analysis, and best practice strategies for teaching and assessment, with student learning as a priority. The case provides details regarding the situation but offers no solutions; learners will demonstrate proficiency in the given areas by responding to the questions following the case.