Weber, Catherine M. (2013). Improving the School Literacy Program: Developing coherence in curriculum, instruction, and assessments. In B. M. Taylor & N. K. Duke (Eds.) Handbook of Effective Literacy Instruction: Research-based Practice K-8 (pp. 486-509). New York, New York: Guilford Press.
In an era of high-stakes testing, there is a strong push for data-based decision making;
however, it can be difficult for teachers and schools to know which data to collect
and how to use them to increase students' literacy achievement levels. To improve the
school reading program, educators must work together as a professional learning community
(PLC) to build coherence within and across grade levels to ensure success for
all students. This chapter begins with an overview of research related to schoolwide
curricular coherence and assessment data. It then unpacks ways that school teams can
work together to improve literacy teaching and learning schoolwide.
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