The following provides some basic ideas about how education initiatives—particularly in high schools—may be measured and evaluated. These, and many other measures, can be found on the BPIR.com web site.
Graduation Rate, i.e. the percentage of students completing studies in four years. This measure provides evidence of student achievement levels.
Graduates Attending University or College, i.e. the percentage of students attending a two-to-four year college course. This measure provides evidence of preparation for higher education or career readiness.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), i.e. a standard aligned, computerised, adaptive assessment system in grades 2-9 in the United States. MAP is used to monitor and benchmark student reading and mathematics achievement levels to guide individual instruction and predict success in relation to state- and national-level assessments.
Knowledge and Concepts Examination, i.e. the percentage of students proficient or advanced in a given subject. This records the number of students proficient or advanced in key subjects such as mathematics, reading, language, social studies, and science.
Number of Students Enrolled, i.e. the number of students enrolled each year. This measure monitors growth or decline in the school population.
Attendance Rate, i.e. the percentage of students attending school. This measure monitors attendance against a desired goal (e.g. 95 per cent attendance).
Growth in PC Fleet, i.e. the number of personal computers recorded against students enrolled. This measure records the penetration of computers in the school, the goal being one computer per student.
Student to Staff Ratio, i.e. the number of students in a classroom per staff member. This measure provides an indication of the availability of teachers to provide attention to individual student needs and to carry out their role effectively.
Student Fees, i.e. student fees in dollars. This measure provides an indication of the effectiveness of financial management.
Student Perception of Safety at School, i.e. the percentage of students believing the school is safe. This measure may be used to gauge student perceptions of how safe they feel in the school.
Quality of Education
Student Recommendations, i.e. the percentage of students that would recommend attending the school to their friends. This measure is a gauge of the popularity of the school.
Parental Grading, i.e. the percentage of parents that grade the school from A to F. This measure may be used to monitor parental perception of the school’s performance.
Parent Satisfaction (Communication), i.e. the percentage of parents stating teachers are responsive to concerns. This is a measure of parent satisfaction.
Parent and Student Satisfaction (Challenging Education), i.e. the percentage responding positively to the question about the school providing a challenging education. This measures stakeholder perceptions.
Student Engagement (Communication), i.e. the percentage responding positively to the question “I am well informed about important dates, activities, and events at school.” This measure provides insight into student satisfaction and involvement.
Student Engagement¸ i.e. the percentage of students participating in extracurricular activities such as sport, music or additional academic activities.
The following measures may be used to monitor student engagement in the community. It has been shown that involved students are more likely to be successful in the classroom.
Students Volunteering in Community, i.e. the percentage of students volunteering. This measure indicates the willingness to serve, and the depth of character being built into students.
Professional Development Options, i.e. the number of options offered for staff to pursue. This measure records professional development options available (for example, job embedded, graduate courses, workshops, “lunch and learn”, video/podcasts).
Involvement and Engagement, i.e. the percentage responding positively to the question “my work provides me a sense of personal accomplishment.” This measure provides an indication of staff satisfaction.
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