Continuous Improvement: Toolkit
Continuous improvement processes engage key players within a system to focus on a specific problem of practice and use a series of iterative cycles to test changes, gather data about the changes, and study the potential influence of these changes on outcomes of interest. This practitioner-friendly toolkit will provide an overview of continuous improvement processes in educational settings, with a focus on the use of Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. The toolkit will include a customizable workbook, reproducible templates, and short informational videos that education practitioners can use to implement continuous improvement processes in their own schools, districts, or agencies.
Creating and Using Performance Assessments: An Online Course for Practitioners
This online course will introduce participants to the basic concepts of assessment literacy and then focus on how to develop, score, and use performance assessments within a balanced assessment system. Throughout the course, participants will be able to create and administer their own performance assessment and review it for its technical quality. Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course.
Examining the Association between Schoolwide Instructional Measures and School-level Student Outcomes in Massachusetts' Low-Performing Schools
Partnership: Massachusetts School Turnaround Research Partnership
Since 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Early and Secondary Education (ESE) has made a significant investment to develop a coherent, aligned system for supporting and monitoring its low-performing schools. The monitoring process includes collecting schoolwide observation data of classroom instructional practices, which ESE then uses to provide formative feedback to schools on their turnaround practices. This study with ESE is conducting analyses of this schoolwide instructional observation data, collected using Teachstone's Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) tool. Researchers are examining whether the schoolwide CLASS observation data are associated with improved schoolwide student achievement and growth.