E.R. VisitNo, not “emergency room” – itstands forEXTERNAL REVIEW(formerly QAR, or Quality Assurance Review)
E.R. Team• Lead Evaluator ▫ Generally has served on multiple teams, and has experience in leadership roles in education• E.R. Team ▫ Several volunteers ▫ Often a mix of Teachers Administrators Individuals with other experience in education ▫ We were a team of 7 (7 standards) May be smaller since there are now 5 standards
General Schedule• Day 1: (late afternoon) • Day 3 ▫ Team Orientation ▫ Additional Classroom Visits Roles/responsibilities ▫ Additional Interviews Artifact distribution (if they ▫ Team meeting to discuss need don’t already have them) for further information ▫ School tour ▫ Oral Exit Report finalization• Day 2: (morning – evening) ▫ Principal’s Report ▫ Interviews By 2:35 ▫ Classroom Visits ▫ Oral Exit Report to staff ▫ Work session/Artifact By 3:00 review/Deliberations Already formulating the report
“Our report will reflect our deliberations regarding the school’sSIP as it applies to the AdvancEd Standards. WE ARE HERE TO SEE THAT THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY SAY THEY DO.”
AdvancED Standards for QualitySchools• Standard 1: Purpose and Direction ▫ The school maintains and communicates a purpose and direction that commit to high expectations for learning as well as shared values and beliefs about teaching and learning.• Standard 2: Governance and Leadership ▫ The school operates under governance and leadership that promote and support student performance and school effectiveness.
AdvancED Standards for QualitySchools• Standard 3: Teaching and Assessing for Learning ▫ The school’s curriculum, instructional design, and assessment practices guide and ensure teacher effectiveness and student learning.• Standard 4: Resources and Support Systems ▫ The school has resources and provides services that support its purpose and direction to ensure success for all students.
AdvancED Standards for QualitySchools• Standard 5: Using Results for Continuous Improvement ▫ The school implements a comprehensive assessment system that generates a range of data about student learning and school effectiveness and uses the results to guide continuous improvement.
How will they judge us?• Classroom Visits• Interviews• Artifact Review
Classroom Visits – Where?• Any learning space with students• Also may include: ▫ Empty classrooms, with teachers on planning ▫ Hallways ▫ Bathrooms ▫ Cafeteria ▫ Etc.
Classroom Visits • Wander into random classrooms • Observe from the back of the room ▫ Observing processes and practices of school, not evaluating individual teachers • 5-10 minutes • View teaching and learning in action • Corroborate information from interviews and artifacts
What they are looking for• How welcoming is the overall environment?• Does the environment appear to support student learning?• Do the teachers and students seem actively engaged in learning?• Is student work honored and celebrated throughout the building?• Do you see a variety of instructional methods being used?
What they are looking for, cont.• Do you see evidence of a variety of assessment methods in use?• What evidence do you see of the school’s improvement priorities being implemented in classrooms and throughout the school?• What role do you see support personnel playing in the teaching and learning process? ▫ How are counselors, food service, media center, custodial, administrative, and other support personnel engaged in the school’s improvement priorities?
Interviews with Stakeholders• School Leadership Team ▫ Administrators ▫ Superintendant/District personnel ▫ School Improvement team ▫ School Board Members• Teachers• Parents• Community Members• Students• Support Personnel ▫ Counselors ▫ Custodians ▫ Secretaries ▫ Media Center ▫ Cafeteria Workers
Interview process• Meet the E.R. team• Interviewees introduce themselves• Q & A session ▫ Some sample questions ▫ Some questions driven by SIP and by observations/artifacts• Listening for patterns, themes, trends that are consistent among stakeholders
Sample questions for teachers• How does the school’s vision guide instruction?• What does the data say about student performance and school effectiveness?• How does the school leadership ensure equity of learning opportunities and support for innovation?• What instructional methods do teachers regularly use?
Sample questions for teachers, cont.• How do teachers actively engage students in their learning, provide students opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills to real world situations, and give students feedback on their performance?• Are multiple assessments used to gauge student performance?• What strategies are in place to listen to and communicate with parents and stakeholders?• What professional development is provided to support teachers in implementing interventions?
Artifact Review • Executive Summary (ES) • Self Assessment • Artifacts (Evidence) for each indicator ▫ Standard 1 – 3 indicators ▫ Standard 2 – 6 indicators ▫ Standard 3 – 12 indicators ▫ Standard 4 – 7 indicators ▫ Standard 5 – 5 indicators
Executive Summary• School describes in narrative • Introduction form the strengths and ▫ Mission statement challenges ▫ Community• Reflects on how the school ▫ Demographics provides teaching and learning on a day-to-day basis • Student Performance ▫ Summarize performance• Picture of how the school views itself and the process of ▫ Goals continuous improvement ▫ Variety of Assessments• Includes: ▫ Formative/summative assessment ▫ Introduction ▫ Support/intervention ▫ Student Performance ▫ Parent/community ▫ Challenges & Opportunities involvement ▫ Conclusion • Challenges/Opportunities • Conclusion ▫ What are you most proud of? ▫ Any other relevant info
Self-Assessment• School’s response to each of the 33 indicators ▫ Narrative response ▫ Evidence provided (Artifacts) i.e. School perception survey, ACT/MME results, lesson plan, handbook, school website, etc. ▫ Rating Not evident Emerging Operational Highly functional
General Schedule (review)• Day 1: (late afternoon) • Day 3 ▫ Team Orientation ▫ Additional Classroom Visits Roles/responsibilities ▫ Additional Interviews Artifact distribution (if they ▫ Team meeting to discuss need don’t already have them) for further information ▫ School tour ▫ Oral Exit Report finalization• Day 2: (morning – evening) ▫ Principal’s Report ▫ Interviews By 2:35 ▫ Classroom Visits ▫ Oral Exit Report to staff ▫ Work session/Artifact By 3:00 review/Deliberations • Formal report sent to the state Already formulating the ▫ They make the decision about report accreditation, not the ER team
Who needs to be involved??? • Self-Assessment • Artifact gathering • Stakeholder Surveys • Awareness of the SIP • Planning for our next cycle ▫ After the visit