Where does it say I have to do that? How can secondary schools enact assessment policy for students with disabilities

Duke, Jennifer (2011) Where does it say I have to do that? How can secondary schools enact assessment policy for students with disabilities. Academic Leadership Online Journal, 9(1).

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This paper describes effective ways secondary school leaders can enact curriculum policy, particularly assessment practices, to support learning for students with disabilities in mainstream schools. Assessment for learning (AfL) as a pedagogic practice, has gained recent importance through inclusion in curriculum policy in Queensland, Australia. AfL is the frequent assessment of student progress that identifies learning needs and informs future teaching and learning. Assessment of student progress of the standards based curriculum has provided challenges for schools attempting to meet the needs of “all” learners. This paper highlights findings of a small case study to model successful leadership practices used in an inclusive secondary school to improve achievement of students with disabilities through assessment. Successful leadership practices that can be generalized to improve achievement of all learners include making sense of policy for staff; developing staff common and shared beliefs and actions; organizing professional learning opportunities and arranging collaborative curriculum planning and co-teaching.

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ID Code: 41764
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Assessment, Secondary School, Disability, Curriculum
ISSN: 1533-7812
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Jennifer Duke
Deposited On: 22 May 2011 22:27
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 16:13

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