School Improvement: Focusing on Student Performance

National Study of School Evaluation

 

Focus Questions

 

Overall Questions

 

 

Part I: Developing the Profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part II:  School’s Beliefs and Mission

 

 

 

Part III: Defining Desired Results for Student Learning

 

 

 

Part IV: Analyzing Instructional and Organizational Effectiveness

 

·        Steps:

o       1 – Identifying the Strengths and Limitations of the School’s Instructional and Organizational Effectiveness

o       2 – Collecting Data and Evidence of Instructional and Organizational Effectiveness

o       3 – Defining Goals for Building and Strengthening the Capacity of the School’s Instructional and Organizational Effectiveness

 

·        Key ?’s:

o       Based on the findings of the “Survey of Instructional and Organizational Effectiveness” for your school, what appears to be the strengths of your school?  What data/evidence validates the areas identified as strengths?  In other words, can the areas of perceived strengths actually be verified?

o       Based on the same survey, what are the limitations of your school’s instructional practices and/or organizational conditions?  What data/evidence is available to verify the current levels of these aspects of your school’s instructional and/or organizational system so that baseline data can be established and any improvements the school makes in these dimensions of effectiveness can be monitored over time?

o       Are there any additional attributes or major aspects of your school’s instructional practices and/or organizational conditions that were not addressed in the seven categories included in the above survey?  If so, describe these aspects related to the work of your school in behalf of student learning and cite the data/evidence that indicates the current level of effectiveness of the school’s work.

o       To what extent are the curriculum, instructional strategies, learning activities, and the system for assessing student learning congruent with each other and aligned with the desired results for student learning?  In other words, to what extent are students provided with a coherent instructional system to support their achievement?

o       To what extent are the dimensions of the school’s organizational system congruent with each other?  For instance, are adequate resources provided for the professional development programs required to support the meaningful implementation of the curriculum?  Are the school’s policies consistent with the school’s vision and goals?

o       To what extent are the dimensions of the school’s organizational system congruent with the school’s instructional system?  For instance, are the school’s assessment and evaluation procedures consistent with the school’s policies?  Is the school’s curriculum aligned with the school’s vision for student learning?

o       Based on your review and analysis of your school’s instructional and organizational effectiveness, what would be the most appropriate target goals for building and strengthening the capacity of the school’s instructional practices and organizational conditions to support students’ achievement of the desired results for their learning?

o       How can the school most effectively build on its strengths to further maximize their benefits in supporting student achievement?

o       How can the school most effectively address its limitations and areas in need of improvement in order to strengthen the capacity of the school to support student achievement?

o       What level of priority should be assigned to each of these goals?  What is the rationale for the priorities you have selected? 

 

Part V: Developing the Action Plan

 

 

 

Part VI: Implementing the School Improvement Plan and Documenting Results

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

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