UNDERSTAND AND COMMUNICATE YOUR TARGET
ENGAGE STAFF IN ANALYZING YOUR DATA
ALIGN TEACHING AND ASSESSING WITH VSC
STRUCTURE REGULAR TIME FOR TEAMS TO EXAMINE STUDENT WORK
MONITOR STUDENT PROGRESS
KEEP THE FOCUS ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Though we have a good deal of research to draw on in identifying what effective leaders do, translating the research into concrete, practical actions has been more elusive.
If our end goal is to improve student achievement to meet State Accountability, then a critical intermediate goal is to determine where each of our students is in relation to the state content standards. While the logic is clear, most schools do not collect evidence of or for learning on an ongoing basis. We don't know what to teach students to take them to proficiency on indicators/objectives without knowing where they currently are on those indicators/objectives.
Principals need to understand where their school is relative to the State Accountability target, how their teachers assess for learning and monitor student progress, and how they use the data to adjust instruction based on student needs.
To accomplish these ends, principals need
Action steps 2 and 3 provide the data to direct your school improvement goals and strategies. Action steps 4, 5, and 6 give you the data to direct classroom instruction on a daily basis.