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Same Resources, Better Student Outcomes:
Finding Inefficiencies with Data
Introductions
Nisha Garg
Principal Associate
Education Resource Strategies
Mariel Matze
Community Manager
Schoolzilla
1. Learn how to diagnose the alignment of current
resources to strategic priorities
1. Assess where your school system is ...
The Call to Action:
Allocate resources to boost
student achievement
Most schools organize people, time, and money the
same as they did 50+ years ago
One teacher
per class
20-30 students
per ...
FROM:
A one-size-fits-all learning
environment that holds
everyone back.
School Design
TO:
A re-imagined school day with
n...
Every year, schools make designs on how to allocate
resources through a seemingly similar process
Clarify
the Vision
Asses...
A typical needs assessment or gap analysis
includes…
▪ Academic Performance: Student performance
trends, growth, and profi...
ERS’ Strategic School Design Essentials
© Education Resource Strategies
Resource levers to strategically support
students’...
Pause and ponder
Has your district attempted to leverage any of these
resource levers? If so, which ones?
A. Reductions in...
Improving student
outcomes via strategic
resource allocation
▪ Goal: Proactively
support students in
their transition between
middle school and high
school
District A:
Reviewing the Data
▪ Goal: Proactively support
students in their transition
between middle school and high
school
▪ Class ...
Making Meaning
Across the country, this trend
persists. It’s often a byproduct of:
▪ Reduced enrollment in upper
grades
▪ ...
▪ In District A, we saw
that enrollment decline
over the years was one
factor in the class size
variations in grades 9-
12...
Novice Team
Assignment
▪ 9th graders were most
likely to have a novice
teacher in core subjects
and nearly twice as likely...
… beyond that, upon
reviewing their resource use
data, District A realized 12th
grade students were also
often under-sched...
Action Implications
Upon a full review of data, District A supported schools in:
▪ Reassigning additional teachers to 9th ...
▪ Goal: Improve supports in ELA and Math by
reducing teacher loads
▪ To support this goal, School X double blocks ELA
and ...
▪ Despite, similar
structures in ELA and
Math, Math teachers
in School X see 1.5x as
many students as ELA
teachers
Reviewi...
▪ When compared to
other schools in the
district, the higher
than average teacher
load in Math became
even more apparent
R...
Upon a full review of data, School X:
▪ Revised student assignment practices in Math
classes to ensure students were paire...
Stay in Touch!
ERS is hiring in Boston and the Bay Area!
https://www.erstrategies.org/info/careers
Thank you!
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Same resources better student outcomes - adapted webinar deck

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Last week ERS' Nisha Garg joined Schoolzilla, a data analytics company, to discuss how districts can use data strategically to find out if their resources align to their priorities. Garg shared two case studies where district leaders measured class size, instructional time, and student load per teacher to determine how to reallocate people, time, and money to better meet students’ needs.

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Same resources better student outcomes - adapted webinar deck

  1. 1. Same Resources, Better Student Outcomes: Finding Inefficiencies with Data
  2. 2. Introductions Nisha Garg Principal Associate Education Resource Strategies Mariel Matze Community Manager Schoolzilla
  3. 3. 1. Learn how to diagnose the alignment of current resources to strategic priorities 1. Assess where your school system is strong, and where it can grow the most 2. Consider potential solutions to take back to your teams Learning Outcomes
  4. 4. The Call to Action: Allocate resources to boost student achievement
  5. 5. Most schools organize people, time, and money the same as they did 50+ years ago One teacher per class 20-30 students per class Studying a particular subject For a set period of time (e.g., 50 min/day) For a set duration (e.g., full year) © Education Resource Strategies
  6. 6. FROM: A one-size-fits-all learning environment that holds everyone back. School Design TO: A re-imagined school day with new schedules, dynamic groupings and targeted instruction. © Education Resource Strategies
  7. 7. Every year, schools make designs on how to allocate resources through a seemingly similar process Clarify the Vision Assess the Need Design the Strategy Make it Work Implement & Monitor Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Throughout the process, strategic leaders reflect and revise initial answers and approach each step with a willingness to make trade-offs. © Education Resource Strategies
  8. 8. A typical needs assessment or gap analysis includes… ▪ Academic Performance: Student performance trends, growth, and proficiency ▪ Student Culture: Survey data, absences, suspensions ▪ Adult Culture: Survey data, teacher absenteeism Needs assessments often miss Current Resource Use How have we configured the resources in our school, or district, to support improvement in academics or culture? What structures exist? What structures are missing? © Education Resource Strategies
  9. 9. ERS’ Strategic School Design Essentials © Education Resource Strategies Resource levers to strategically support students’ most urgent needs include: ● Reductions in group size ● Maximizing total scheduled time ● Increased time in priority content area ● Reduced teacher loads ● Changes to teacher assignment in a particular content area ● Increase teacher planning time
  10. 10. Pause and ponder Has your district attempted to leverage any of these resource levers? If so, which ones? A. Reductions in group size B. Maximizing total scheduled time C. Increased time in priority content area D. Reduced teacher loads E. Changes to teacher assignment in a particular content area F. Increase teacher planning time G. None of the above
  11. 11. Improving student outcomes via strategic resource allocation
  12. 12. ▪ Goal: Proactively support students in their transition between middle school and high school District A:
  13. 13. Reviewing the Data ▪ Goal: Proactively support students in their transition between middle school and high school ▪ Class sizes are largest in 9th grade, and progressively get smaller throughout the upper grades
  14. 14. Making Meaning Across the country, this trend persists. It’s often a byproduct of: ▪ Reduced enrollment in upper grades ▪ Additional course offerings for electives in upper grades, resulting in more, smaller classes ▪ 11th/12th grade students are under-scheduled
  15. 15. ▪ In District A, we saw that enrollment decline over the years was one factor in the class size variations in grades 9- 12... Enrollment by Grade
  16. 16. Novice Team Assignment ▪ 9th graders were most likely to have a novice teacher in core subjects and nearly twice as likely to have a novice teacher than 12th graders 49% 36% 29% 27% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 9 10 11 12 Grades Novice Teacher Assignment % Novice Teachers (Core Subjects) %NoviceTeachers 35%
  17. 17. … beyond that, upon reviewing their resource use data, District A realized 12th grade students were also often under-scheduled for a portion of the school day Instructional Time
  18. 18. Action Implications Upon a full review of data, District A supported schools in: ▪ Reassigning additional teachers to 9th grade sections by reducing total sections in 12th grade ▪ Evaluating online/virtual learning options to maintain the breadth of electives to 12th grade students ▪ Improving guidance support to 12th grade students to ensure students are taking a full course load
  19. 19. ▪ Goal: Improve supports in ELA and Math by reducing teacher loads ▪ To support this goal, School X double blocks ELA and Math classes in an effort to reduce the total number of students an ELA or Math teacher sees in a given year School X:
  20. 20. ▪ Despite, similar structures in ELA and Math, Math teachers in School X see 1.5x as many students as ELA teachers Reviewing the Data
  21. 21. ▪ When compared to other schools in the district, the higher than average teacher load in Math became even more apparent Reviewing the Data
  22. 22. Upon a full review of data, School X: ▪ Revised student assignment practices in Math classes to ensure students were paired with the same teacher across multiple sections ▪ Provided additional administrative support to Math teachers to reduce strain of teacher load Action Implications
  23. 23. Stay in Touch! ERS is hiring in Boston and the Bay Area! https://www.erstrategies.org/info/careers
  24. 24. Thank you!

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