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SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT A Presentation For The OSBA State Convention November 11, 2006 by Northwest Regional Education Service District Warrenton-Hammond School District Hillsboro School District. Presenters. Jim Mabbot – Superintendent NWRESD

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SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTA Presentation For The OSBA State ConventionNovember 11, 2006byNorthwest Regional Education Service DistrictWarrenton-Hammond School District Hillsboro School District



  • Jim Mabbot – Superintendent NWRESD

  • Craig Brewington – Supt. Warrenton-Hammond School District

  • Jeremy Lyon –Supt. Hillsboro School District

  • Art Anderson – Director, Department of School Improvement and Instruction

  • Marta Turner – Coordinator, Department of School Improvement and Instruction

How it started

How It Started

  • A meeting, a partnership and a new direction

  • Capacity to do the right work

    • Research-based practices/instruction and clear curricular goals

    • Powerful Learning

We know how the research

We Know How…The Research

Strategic leadership

Strategic Leadership


The leadership and learning matrix

The Leadership and Learning Matrix


High results, high under-standing of antecedents.

Replication of success



High results, low under-standing of antecedents.

Replication of success unlikely.

Effects / Results Data


Low results, high under-standing of antecedents.

Replication of mistakes unlikely.


Low results, low under-standing of antecedents.


Antecedents / Cause Data

Antecedents of excellence

Antecedents of Excellence

  • “Those observable qualities in leadership, teaching, curriculum, parental engagement and other indicators that assist in understanding how results are achieved.”

    Douglas B. Reeves-The Learning Leader

Principles of effective accountability

Principles of EffectiveAccountability

  • Congruence

  • Respect for diversity

  • Relevance

  • Specificity

  • Feedback for continuous improvement

  • Fairness (Focus on achievement, not norms)

Accountability the key to public acceptance

Accountability The Key to Public Acceptance

  • The information vacuum

  • Straight questions deserve straight answers

    • “How’s my child doing?”

    • “Is the school or system really succeeding or failing?”

    • “What are the most effective strategies to improve student achievement?”

Putting the pieces together

Putting the Pieces Together

ONE Accountability Plan…

owned by all…

Less Is More

Weed the Garden

Identify, Monitor, Measure

Data teams

Data Teams



“Until you have data as a backup, you’re just another person with an opinion.”

Dr. Perry Gluckman

Staff and administrators are trained to use action plan steps

Staff and Administrators Are Trained To Use Action Plan Steps

1. Find the data — “Treasure Hunt”

2. Analyze the data

3. Prioritize needs analysis

4. Set, review, or revise annual goals

5. Identify specific strategies to meet goals

6. Determine results indicators

Checkups not autopsies

Checkups, Not Autopsies

  • Ongoing information from MSW

  • Creation of Professional Learning Communities

Making standards work

Making Standards Work

A guaranteed and viable curriculum

A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

  • “Given the limited amount of time you have with your students, curriculum design has become more and more an issue of deciding what you won’t teach as well as what you will teach. You cannot do it all. As a designer, you must choose the essential.”

    Heidi Hayes Jacobs, 1997

Identifying power standards

Identifying Power Standards

  • All standards are not equal in importance.

  • Narrow the voluminous standards and indicators by distinguishing the “essentials” from the “nice to know.”

  • What do students need to know for life, learning (school) and the test?

Unwrapping standards and performance tasks assessments

Unwrapping Standards And Performance Tasks/Assessments

  • What are students being asked to know and do?

  • Writing performance tasks/assessments

    • Common assessments

    • Used as formative assessment

  • Connection to Data Teams

Instructional strategies

Instructional Strategies

  • Identifying Similarities & Differences

  • Summarizing & Note Taking

  • Reinforcing Effort & Providing Recognition

  • Homework & Practice

  • Nonlinguistic Representation

  • Cooperative Learning

  • Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback

  • Generating & Testing Hypotheses

  • Cue, Questions, & Advance Organizers


A Perspective From Two Districts

Craig Brewington, Superintendent

Warrenton-Hammond School District

Jeremy Lyon, Superintendent

Hillsboro School District

End result


  • A comprehensive and systemic alignment and accountability plan.

  • A powerful regional collaboration and consortium process.

  • A system where no child is more responsible than the adults.

  • Improved student achievement.

What the future can be

What The Future Can Be

  • “The image of the future would be a group of teachers sitting around a table talking about their students’ work, learning and asking, ‘What do we need to do differently to get the work we would like from the kids?”

    Dennis Sparks 1998, Executive Director of NSDC


SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTImplementing A System of Accountability For Student LearningA Presentation ForOSBAbyNorthwest Regional ESD Warrenton-Hammond School District Hillsboro School DistrictNovember, 2006

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