Doubling Student Performance

Doubling Student Performance
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. . . And Finding the Resources to Do It
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Allan R. Odden
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This valuable text combines the latest research with a national study of diverse schools that dramatically increased student achievement by implementing key strategies and reallocating resources.

"In my work, I see the power of good schools to change young lives for the better almost every day. This book takes us behind the doors of unusually high-performing high-poverty schools to show us how they do it and where they get the funding. The book is a valuable tool for educators who want to improve their results and a reminder to parents and policy makers that we should never expect less."
—Kati Haycock, President
The Education Trust

Radically reform your school and improve academic achievement using readily accessible resources!

At a time when the United States is struggling with far-reaching educational reform, school leaders need a blueprint for dramatically improving student success and supporting those efforts by effectively reallocating and managing available resources.

Doubling Student Performance combines the latest research with the authors′ national study of diverse schools that were able to significantly boost student achievement. Strategies focus on reducing class size, promoting professional development, locating necessary funding, and providing academic support to struggling students. School leaders will find:

  • Examples and case studies that include high-minority and high-poverty schools

  • 10 key strategies for dramatically increasing student achievement, such as setting ambitious goals and emphasizing a collaborative culture

  • Clear steps and specific tools to successfully reallocate resources

This book is a valuable tool for educators and policy makers who understand that reform is only possible when schools have the human and financial resources to do it.



1. Places That Have Doubled Student Performance

Rural Districts and Schools that have Doubled Perfo

Rosalia, Washington

Abbotsford, Wisconsin

Doubling Student Performance at the Advanced Level: Monroe, Wisconsin

Monroe school district improvement process

Other Rural Examples

Medium Sized Districts

The Madison, Wisconsin Story

Kennewick, Washington

LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Columbus School in Appleton, Wisconsin

Doubling Performance in High Minority, High Poverty Schools

2. The Stimulus for Change and the Educational Change Process

Pressure from Multiple Sources to Improve Student Achievement

Pressure from State-Standards Based Reform

Pressure from District Administrators

Pressure from Within the School

Pressure from the Federal Government

The Large-Scale Organizational Change Process

Laying the Foundation for Change

Creating a New Educational Strategy

Implementation, Monitoring and Continuous Improvement

3. Ten Steps to Double Student Performance

Step 1: Understanding the Performance Problem and Challenge

Step 2: Set Ambitious Goals

Step 3: Change the Curriculum Program and Create a New Instructional Vision

Step 4: Formative Assessments and Data-Based Decision-Making

Step 5: Ongoing, Intensive Professional Development

Step 6: Using Time Efficiently and Effectively

Step 7: Extending Learning Time for Struggling Students

Step 8: Collaborative, Professional Culture

Step 9: Widespread and Distributed Instructional Leadership

Step 10: Professional and Best Practices

Summary and Conclusions

4. Reducing Class Size

Resources at School Sites

Reallocating Resources to Reduce Elementary Class Size

School-Wide Strategies to Reduce Class Sizes

A District wide Strategy to Reduce Class Size in Early Elementary Grades


5. Finding Resources for Professional Development

Resources Needed for an Effective Professional Development Program

A Professional Development Fiscal and Program Audit

Doubling Performance Districts

Using Extant Professional Development Days Effectively

Planning and Professional Development Time


6. Funding Extra-Help Strategies

Individual and Small-Group Tutoring for Struggling Students

Extended Time for Struggling Students to Learn the Core Curriculum

Summer School Program Focused on Core Instruction

7. Linking Resources Needed to Double Performance

Finance Adequacy

Approaches to School Finance Adequacy

Evidence-Based Approach to School Finance Adequacy



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