This paper discusses how to introduce innovation into school improvement efforts and ways to renew and sustain innovation over the long term. The province-wide Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI), currently in its third cycle of implementation, illustrates how a large-scale improvement initiative embraces innovation, renewal, and sustainability in a culture of inquiry, collaboration, and continuous improvement. AISI provides funding for every school authority in the province to establish its own projects to improve student learning and performance. The paper provides provincial results over two cycles (2000 to 2006) and discusses how AISI encourages ongoing innovation, promotes continuous renewal of the initiative and its participants, and works toward sustaining effective practices across districts and schools.

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Large-Scale Assessment: Qualitative and Quantitative Views

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