360 Data on Scholars' Behavior, Skills and Attitudes: Measurement for Program Improvement and Scholar Outcomes
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For many years the measurement of student outcomes has focused solely on grades and test scores. Higher Achievement is looking beyond these outcomes to include skills, attitudes and behaviors. This ...

For many years the measurement of student outcomes has focused solely on grades and test scores. Higher Achievement is looking beyond these outcomes to include skills, attitudes and behaviors. This workshop will share the 360 Data that Higher Achievement collects on the scholars they serve. The workshop will describe how the data is analyzed and how Higher Achievement shares best practices.

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360 Data on Scholars' Behavior, Skills and Attitudes: Measurement for Program Improvement and Scholar Outcomes 360 Data on Scholars' Behavior, Skills and Attitudes: Measurement for Program Improvement and Scholar Outcomes Presentation Transcript

  • 360 Data on Scholars Skills, Attitudes, and Behaviors: Measurement for Program Improvement and Scholar Outcomes
    Elizabeth Barrett
    Director of Evaluation
    Higher Achievement
    ebarrett@higherachievement.org
    202.567.2444
  • Agenda
    Higher Achievement and 360 Data
    How do we analyze the data
    Collection and reporting
    Analysis techniques
    Internal Use
    Program improvement
    Individual scholar support
    External Use
    How to communicate this information effectively
    360 data as it relates to other outcomes
    Interactive Session
  • Higher Achievement
    Academic enrichment and support program for middle school children from underserved communities
    Rigor + Opportunities = Results
    Culture of high expectations
    3 components:
    After-School Academy, Summer Academy and High School Placement
  • Higher Achievement
    Locations in
    DC Metro (including Alexandra, VA)
    Baltimore
    Richmond, VA opening Summer 2011
    Expanding to Pittsburgh, PA
    This summer we will be serving 700 scholars
  • Higher Achievement and 360 data
    Focus has been on grades and test scores
    Movement beyond these outcomes
    21st Century skills, soft skills, etc.
    These skills are just as important as hard skills
    Aligning with our Culture of high expectations
    Spirit, excellence and respect
    Higher Achievement’s movement toward skills, attitudes and behaviors
    High school preparation and beyond
  • Higher Achievement and 360 Data
    Gather data from
    Scholars about themselves
    Mentors or Summer Teachers about each scholar
    Parents about their child
    Collected bi-annually
    1 time for each After-School Academy and SummerAcademy
  • 360 Survey
  • 360 Survey
  • Collection and Reporting
    Customized database management
    system: ISIS
    Electronically collects and stores data
    Reporting feature allows data to be manipulated in
    Excel – qualitative responses
    SPSS – quantitative analysis
  • Analysis Techniques
    We keep it simple
    Averages – questions and categories
    % Agree/Disagree
    Regression Analysis
    Group Response: parent, mentor/summer teacher and scholar
    Across Academy Trends
    Academy Trends
    Affiliate/Center/Individual
  • Example – Across Academy Trends
  • Example – Across Academy Trends
  • Example – Affiliate Trends
  • Example – Affiliate Trends
    Greatest Need
    1. Behavior changes
    2. Build confidence in public speaking
    3. Increasing organization skills and preparedness
    Greatest Strength
    1. Attitudes/skills
    2. Applies academic knowledge/skills
    3. Interacts respectfully with peers
    4. Enjoys Higher Achievement
  • Example – Affiliate/Center/Individual
  • Example – Affiliate/Center/Individual
  • Example - Regressions
    Attitudes and skills…
    Respect toward adults (A)
    Confidence in academic ability (A)
    Applies academic knowledge/skills (S)
    ….predict key behaviors
    Confidence in public speaking/presenting (B)
    Interacting respectfully with peers (B)
    Based on regression analyses
  • Internal Use – Program Improvement
    Identify and plan center activities based on strength and weakness areas (After-School Academy and Summer Academy planning)
    Comments home to families during Summer Academy (7th and 8th graders)
    Target scholars based on grades/behavior issues (6th and 7th graders)
    Need for scholar tointernalize information
    lead to change
  • Internal Use – Individualization
    Push for individualization through data
    Individual scholar grade report
    Increased, decreased, maintained – Top/Bottom %
    Student Achievement Plans for struggling scholars
    Goal setting, weekly progress reports
    360 Individual Reports
    Internal motivation to improve attitudes and behaviors
    Incorporate grades and test scores
  • External Data Use
    Identified 3 key outcomes to externally communicate:
    Scholar interacts respectfully with peers (behavior)
    Scholar applies academic knowledge and skills (skill)
    Scholar confidence in academic abilities (attitude)
    Align with core model and culture
  • External Use - Communication
    Effective Communication
    Consistency:
    Written and verbal communication across ALL staff
    Aligns with Key Messages:
    Our research-based program challenges middle school students to meet their full potential in three key areas: academics, social skills, and leadership. When students get the skills and support they need to invest in their own success, they discover that they can be scholars.
  • 360 and Other Outcomes
    360 data as it relates to other outcomes data
    Compliments/back up other outcomes data
    Grades
    Test scores
    Attendance
    High school placement
    Used to show impact on soft skills
    Leadership
    Confidence in academic ability
    Social Skills
  • Example
    65% showed significant improvement in math
    60% showed significant improvement in reading
    Teacher surveys show:
    73% of the students improved in homework completion
    71% improved in overall academic performance
    Parent surveys show:
    92% are getting better grades on their report cards
    Student surveys show:
    68% feel better about their ability to read and speak English
    81% are more comfortable solving math problems
    86% reported an improvement on homework completion
  • Interactive Session
    After-School Academy main components
    Study Hall
    Community Meeting: all scholars and staff gather for academic related activities
    Mentoring with structured curricula in math, literature and seminars
    Scenario:
    During After-School Academy planning you need to compose an action plan for our Ward 1 Achievement Center based on:
    Individual Scholar Grade Report
    Center level 360 report
    Come up with actionable items that can be implemented for the whole center that addresses needs/weakness and/or celebrates successes/strengths.