School self-evaluation is a 6-step process

School self-evaluation is a 6-step process

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School self-evaluation

If you are planning to improve your school, here is what you can do.

If you run a school or teach in a school, have you ever thought about – how good are you? How do you know this? How to find it? Where do you lack and what are your strengths? How can it be improved? When you ask these questions, you can really access your skills, focus, and daily learning and teaching practices. School Self-Evaluation (SSE) is a reflective process to answer the above questions, which in turn helps to identify where the school is improving.

What do you understand by the term School self-evaluation?

School self-evaluation involves reflective analysis focused on action plans for improvement with evidence gathered in the unique context of each school. This process allows the school to use evidence and set specific meaningful goals and activities. It enables them to create improvement plans and implement them, measure the plan’s progress and identify the school’s achievements.

6 Steps Process to School self-evaluation

Step 1: Identify the focus

  • Determine the focus area/domain for inquiry.
  • Members of the school community will identify and work on specific areas of teaching and learning
  • For improvement, explore potential areas.

Step 2: Collect the Evidence

  • Collect evidence of what works and what could be improved through multiple sources
  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data from various sources, including students, teachers, parents, classrooms, and administration.

From the student:

  • Check assessment data and student progress records
  • Teacher’s attitude and notes about students
  • Collect information from parents and students to make accurate decisions based on available evidence

From the teacher:

  • Professional level
  • Team teaching and professional peer review

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Step 3: Analyze and make a decision

  • Analyze the data and make a conclusion from the evidence collected
  • Identify the strengths
  • Acknowledge weaknesses that should be prioritized for improvement

Schools should assess the quality by a statement of practice

  1. Work in components and at an efficient level
  2. Explain highly effective and successful practices.

The statement of practice will also help develop the practice area from “effective” to “very effective” where appropriate.

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Step 4: Plan, share, and report the plan of action from the School Self-evaluation

  • Record self-assessment
  • Evaluate and improve the curriculum or teaching and learning
  • Share results and action plans with the school community
  • The report must be a single document of no more than three pages and must be submitted annually. Reports have three parts.
  • Reporting progress, new aspects of teaching and learning, and prioritizing areas for improvement
  • Demonstration of the action plan to achieve the plan. Goal setting to set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound (SMART) goals
  • Finally, communicate the self-evaluation report with the school community

Step 5: Put the action plan into action

  • An important step in the process is when the action plans are put into action
  • Share ownership of activities with individual teachers, classroom teachers, or whole school levels
  • It should be part of regular teaching and learning

Step 6: Monitor action plans and evaluate

  • There are several things to consider to control the impact of the action
    • Has the class changed?
    • What is the teacher’s experience of change?
    • How are students different?
    • Is there an effect on student learning?
  • Schools must decide how monitoring will be done, who will do it, how progress will be assessed and when and to whom it will be reported, and whether the plan is working, and, if not, what changes are needed.

It is important to regularly monitor the action plan. In this case, collect and use data at regular intervals to check whether the necessary action plan was successfully implemented or not. If not, what other actions can be implemented?

What Are Some Examples of School Self-Evaluation?

School self-assessment differs based on the circumstances of each school! Here are some instances of how schools can integrate self-evaluation into their operations:

Analyzing Student Performance:

  • Look beyond test scores to analyze individual student progress, assignment completion rates, and class discussion participation levels.
  • Disaggregate test score data by demographics to identify achievement gaps and tailor support for specific student groups.

Gathering Feedback:

  • Conduct focus groups with students to delve deeper into specific aspects of school life, such as the effectiveness of student support services or the inclusivity of the school environment.
  • Partner with parents to gather feedback on school communication, homework policies, and opportunities for parent involvement.

Going Beyond Test Scores:

  • Track student absenteeism by reason to identify potential underlying issues like health concerns or transportation problems.
  • Analyze participation rates in different extracurricular activities to see if offerings cater to diverse student interests.
  • Evaluate the school climate through surveys or focus groups to assess student and staff feelings of safety, belonging, and respect.

Observing Classrooms:

  • Observe how effectively teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Assess the use of technology and other resources in the classroom to see if they are enhancing learning.

Analyzing Disciplinary Records:

  • Look at trends in disciplinary referrals to see if certain behaviors are more prevalent and develop targeted interventions.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of existing disciplinary measures in deterring repeat offenses and promoting positive behavior.

This compilation offers a peek into ways schools can assess themselves. Through utilizing data sources and viewpoints, schools can acquire understandings that ultimately result in enhanced learning and a more enjoyable school environment for all. 

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Conclusion

In general, when we follow this process consistently and mutually, the school can work effectively in teaching and learning, provide quality education and manage the school in partnership with parents. The implementation of the school improvement/ action plan ultimately leads to a new cycle of school self-evaluation.

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