By Fenwick W. English, Betty E. Steffy

Why do trying out and responsibility efforts in modern colleges fail? In Deep Curriculum Alignment, English and Steffy discover the failings in nation mandated trying out, advocating a extra complete method of instructing and checking out. This hugely functional ebook will advisor you right into a deeply aligned curriculum that produces educational effects and a degree taking part in box. each one bankruptcy covers rules of trying out and curriculum development, and concludes with a precis of the most important thoughts awarded. The authors survey quite a few experiences, current the moral dilemmas fascinated about checking out, and current a step by step advisor to pedagogical parallelism and alignment.

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16). What constitutes “academic readiness” is decidedly defined by culture. While it may Page 18 be conceptually possible to envision intelligence as culture free, it is virtually impossible to construct a test outside a culture. A test is simply a specific type of cultural, human artifact. Stripped of their mystery and jargon, we ought to see tests for what they are: human cultural tools to make decisions about other humans. We ought to be judicious about any application that runs counter to what Americans believe their educational institutions should be.

Peter Sacks (1997) quotes college board data that “show that someone taking the (SAT) can expect to score about thirty test points higher for every $10,000 in his parents' yearly income” (p. 27). A study completed in a 1997 Delaware school district (Boyd) at a large Delaware high school in which parental income was a known variable showed the following: Lake Forest School District SAT Scores for the 1996–1997 School Year (n=102) SAT Test Annual Family Takers Percent Income Number Percent Male Female SAT 1 Verbal SAT 1 Math Less than $10,000 5 7 60 40 436 508 $10,000–$20,000 6 8 50 50 475 533 $20,000–$30,000 11 15 73 27 448 477 $30,000–$40,000 18 21 56 44 489 453 $40,000–$50,000 13 17 38 62 461 458 $50,000–$60,000 9 12 22 78 478 448 $60,000–$70,000 8 11 87 13 493 518 $70,000–$80,000 5 7 80 20 572 580 $80,000–$100,000 2 3 50 50 No data No data The Lake Forest data clearly show a relationship between income and scores on the SAT.

He cited the work of Thorndike (1951), now almost a half-century old, in knowing the impact of community demographics on achievement test scores. We have listed some of our concerns and criticisms in this opening chapter. We think that curriculum alignment represents one positive trend that can help school system personnel meet some of the challenges. We note from research literature nearly twenty years old that when the testing content and curriculum content overlapped, such practices were highly significant in explaining improved reading scores.

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