Quality reviews increase educators’ capacity to positively impact student achievement and well-being. Through the reviews, a prioritized set of findings is developed to inform both formative or summative decision making. Quality reviews guide school and district improvement efforts or support high-stakes, accountability decision-making processes.

Diagnostic Review

Whether a school has reached turnaround status or is seeking to further improve its effective practices, a SchoolWorks quality review team provides thoughtful and practical analysis to identify key levers for change. Experienced educators are trained to collect and analyze evidence on school quality in relation to a set of research-based criteria. Perhaps most importantly, our diagnostic reviews provide support for developing a prioritized improvement plan. Our work in this area has included conducting diagnostic reviews for the KIPP Foundation on a national basis and for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, among other clients.

Monitoring Review

Many state departments of education, districts, and school networks are required to monitor the implementation of grants, improvement efforts, and other initiatives. SchoolWorks designs and implements review protocols that guide the gathering, analysis, and reporting of evidence for the necessary oversight of schools. For instance, SchoolWorks conducted monitoring site visits for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that focused on the implementation of turnaround grants in the state’s lowest-performing schools.

Renewal Site Visits

Charter school authorizers must ensure that every school in their portfolio receives a comprehensive evaluation in the final year of a contract term. SchoolWorks designs and implements renewal site visits to support authorizers’ ongoing oversight and accumulation of evidence with which to base their renewal decisions. SchoolWorks has completed renewal site visits for authorizers across the country.

 

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