1. Build data systems that yield answers to key questions.
2. Manage the curriculum. The top five performing school districts on the NAEP all have managed curricula. The worst-performing districts were all local control.
3.Rethink our teaching system. We need to "think more creatively" about our sources of new teachers.
4. Modernize the teacher compensation system. In Washington state, we still reward teachers based on seniority, not performance.
5. Reassess teacher preparation programs and professional development.
6. Create effective student support systems. "Remediation almost never works. We need accelleration."
7. Tread carefully with information technology. Treisman cited the U.S. Department of Ed study mentioned in today's earlier post about the failure of reading and math software to increase achievement. Use technology carefully, Treisman cautioned, and find ways to help administrators be smarter about IT purchases.
Other Triesman comments worth noting:
- On high school course offerings: "We need to make sure what's on the marquee is what's showing in the theater."
- On being a principal today: " There's virtually no economic incentive to be a principal today."
- On education reform: "The biggest change in most states: We've shifted from a K-8 focus to college readiness."
- On teaching: "Everyone underestimates how hard it is to teach. Just open a pre-calc book. The stuff's hard!"