What would be the most effective initial action of the plan?
Cone Middle School has failed to achieveadequate yearly progress over the past two schoolyears due to chronically low standardized testscores in math and reading. The principal and administrative team have been charged with developing a school action plan for the upcoming school year.
Disaggregate the data, identify specific
areas for improvement, and then form a
collaborative team of teachers, community
members, and officials to develop the
This question focuses on the leaders
understanding of effective methods for
solving an educational problem. In response
(B), the principal acknowledges the value
of collaboration in solving an educational
problem but does not identify the appropriate
stakeholders. Response (C) indicates an
isolated rather than global solution to the
problem, as it addresses only a limited number
of students rather than what might be problems
with program content or instructional practice.
Response (D) serves no valuable purpose and
would most likely be alienating to parents
and students alike. Response (A) recognizes
the value of collaboration, the identification
of appropriate stakeholders, and the use of
relevant data to make educational decisions.
Therefore, the correct answer is (A).