12. Perrone, V., Expanding Student Assessment, Alexandria, Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1991. This book discusses and supports constructive discussion about assessment. This book focuses on authentic assessment in education, with an emphasis on teachers and classroom practice as effective resources and methodologies.
The most important and beneficial information that I have learned from this study is the understanding of how change can impact a learning environment in both positive and negative ways and how an administrator must have the knowledge and skills to understand and balance effectively in a non-threatening environment the human element, consisting of personalities and behaviors that may be in direct contrast as to what the leader, group or organization is attempting to accomplish. Eliminating potential barriers must be done as a prerequisite to developing a vision and or school improvement plan. Everyone must respect everyone’s viewpoints and develop the ability to compromise and collaborate, based on data and research presented, and most importantly keep the mission geared towards or focused on the best interest of students. Each person in the group brings strengths and all must be utilized in developing and accomplishing the vision and goals. If the process is domineering in terms of everyone agreeing with the leader then the results will be limited and reflect only the leader’s perspective. Buy-in and input from all perspectives including teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders and stakeholders must truly be evident in the continuous improvement process, thus enhancing educational excellence in professional development for educators and ultimately achieving optimum student achievement and success. This is in essence the most important and beneficial information that I gleaned from this study of Planning for Continuous Improvement in Alabama Public Schools.