Fighting the School Effectiveness IOU – How to improve school performance
While each and every one of us can find our way to continuous improvement, how do we do it in the school system?
Using data and then looking at trends and longitudinal information is key to improving school performance. For example, studying data from student progress and outcomes shows patterns in student performance and performance opportunities. Increasing classroom density then enables more students to concentrate in math, while waiting time later in the day may create additional academic opportunities. These are examples of improving student achievement.
System officials should examine current trends and then incorporate them into any ongoing improvement plans. Similarly, building future action plans based on school performance data from Year 2 and future continuous improvement project outcomes can then be integrated into action plans for Year 3 and beyond.
How to anticipate and advance ongoing improvement – what in the data can you take some action on?
First, students’ expectations when it comes to academic content may be shifting, making the classroom environment more relevant to all students’ learning needs. Second, measure student learning in new and existing ways using teacher and student data.
Building a frequent and stable collection of student data (and assisting in collecting and using continuous improvement data) can develop students’ confidence in classroom instruction and help school officials provide students with the skill sets they need to access available learning opportunities.
By implementing continual improvement in every aspect of school operations, such as their facilities and student staffing, school officials are able to improve academic performance, as well as graduation rates and student engagement.
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Please note: This tip provides general information to help you to implement continuous improvement in your school. N.F.G. mentions must be incorporated into a specific project or program, a regular process, and further developed and perfected with your school personnel. It should not be used as a substitute for effective interventions to improve student achievement or improvement outcomes. This article also is not intended to be a substitute for effective intervention for academic achievement, effective staffing plans, or for a thorough evaluation of specific educational programs.
Please visit our website, www.ndslightings.com, for links to many school planning tools and information, helpful and innovative resources, as well as our National Tool Kit for School Administrators. Also, leave a comment below with your ideas on how to implement continuous improvement in your school.