The short answer is—use the data!
The Quality Framework development committee was collectively adamant that the Quality Framework meet the following guiding principles:
- The Quality Framework should help schools determine a current level of effectiveness, and be able to track progress over time; and,
- The Quality Framework should provide useful information for school leaders, as opposed to being “one more thing to do”.
The committee, research team, and TCSA staff has worked hard—and continues to do so—to make sure that those guiding principles remain at the forefront of each addition to the Quality Framework. Each report to which school leaders have access provide both qualitative and quantitative data that schools can use now for comprehensive needs assessments, grant applications, compliance reports, and campus and strategic plans.
A time investment of at least an hour or two up front to complete the Quality Framework Self-Assessment can save countless hours later when it comes time to submit applications and reports or to compile information for strategic and campus planning.
TCSA has designed the Quality Framework so that, instead of being “one more thing I have to do”, the Quality Framework reports become—with just one or two clicks of the mouse—“several fewer things I have to do”.
Below are several screenshots of the types of reports and data available now.
By the way, the focus today will be on Quality Framework reports and. To learn more about the structure of the Quality Framework, read “Quality Framework: Components”
Self-Assessment Report – What did we say about our school?
This report provides an easy-to-read format to help schools leaders visually see current Levels of Effectiveness for each level of the Framework. This information may help guide discussions for prioritization of areas needing improvement and to highlight areas of success. The report also tracks changes over time so that school leaders understand how their perceptions about the status of each indicator increase or decrease from year to year—a key guiding principle of the Quality Framework.
Quality Framework Levels of Effectiveness are assigned for each Indicator, Element, and System of the Quality Framework based on school leadership team responses for each Indicator. The Quality Framework Self-Assessment Results Report is a summary of Indicator responses and calculations for Elements and Systems.
Comparative Reports – What did everybody else say about their schools?
The Quality Framework also organizes up to the top five areas in which the charter is performing at higher levels by comparison as well as areas where the charter is performing at lower levels by comparison.
Schools leaders can then make decisions on how to act on that information. For example, a “Model” school may present at the state and national charter school conferences, while a “Not Evident” school may seek to learn what other schools are doing in order to move from “Not Evident” toward “Model”.
Top High/Low Comparative Reports Highlight Benchmark Areas
TCSA Quality Framework Data Pack – What do state and federal accountability and compliance reports say about our school?
The TCSA Data Pack combines and organizes literally hundreds of statewide charter school data tables to provide school leaders with longitudinal data for at least five years. From enrollment, to demographics, to performance, school leaders have immediate access to data that they previously would have had to search for across several years of reports in many different formats.
School leaders and staff no longer needs to spend time to create charts, graphs, and tables. Now school staff members need only to log in and print or PDF what they need.
Enrollment Graphs Show Change Over Time
Stacked Column Charts Show Demographic Makeup and Change Over Time
Student Growth Percentile and Similar Students Measure – Members-Only and TCSA Exclusive Data
In the coming weeks, you will hear more about how schools will use SGP and SSM data to understand the impact of educational programs on student academic performance, while eliminating or taking into account other factors. To learn more about these measures, read last week’s blog.
Do I Have Access to Data and Information I Can Use Today?
One of the questions I hear most often is, “Do we have data for our school?” Take this little quiz to see if you already have data to work with (choose one):
“I submitted my Self-Assessment ___________. Do I have data to see?”
a. years ago as a paper copy or via email.
b. online a few months ago.
c. this morning online.
d. twice—both on paper or via email and online.
Great news! Whichever answer you chose above, you have data available. Regardless of whether you submitted the Quality Framework 2 years ago on paper or via email or at 2 o’clock today via the online portal, you have reports and data to use today.
To access this information and begin working with it immediately, email the Quality Framework team to request your username and password.
So the answer to the question that titles this section is always, “Yes!—if you have submitted the Quality Framework.” Of course, if you are new to TCSA and the Quality Framework and have not yet submitted a Self-Assessment, email the Quality Framework team for an introduction on how to get started.
Next week, learn about how TCSA provides tools and resources to charter leaders through the Quality Framework portal.