Calibration is a term used often when speaking about the need to ensure accuracy among observers, yet the multiple ways in which calibration is defined has resulted in various interpretations of what calibration is, and is not.
Williamson County Schools in Middle Tennessee recently identified a need for an assessment platform. A simple search online or even a stroll through the vendor hall at a conference will reveal there are so many options that it can be overwhelming!
In any process that occurs over a long period of time, it is common to measure progress at multiple points rather than waiting until the end. Importantly, doing so allows us to inform our next steps and redirect our efforts and resources to elements that need attention.
As a school-based administrator, I am hardly ever in my office. A highly effective building administrator spends their time in and out of classrooms. Unfortunately, my unscheduled office time is often spent meeting with parents or handling any other incidents requiring a private space.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has opened the door for many developments and innovations in the way we assess students and educators, and, as we get closer to the start of ESSA implementation during the 2017-18 school year, more and more changes will be revealed.
Principal hiring methods and selection processes are outdated. Over the years limited focus has been placed on principal selection. As the role of the principal has evolved, it appears the methods for selection are still catching up. Many schools have been following the same procedures for decades.