Tell Them From Me

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Nov 5, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Tell Them From Me

A Canadian Enterprice

CRISP inc.

University of New Brunswick

http://www.thelearningbar.com/

Main features


A web
-
based evaluation system for students (Grades 5
-
12) and
Teachers.


Conducting the
Student Survey

over the course of the school year
allow results to be frequently updated, creating a
System for
Continuous Feedback
.



The student survey provides data on
20 separate indicators

in three
domains or
Composite Measures
:


Student engagement


Student health and wellness


School and classroom climate


as well as their responses to
open
-
ended questions
.


An optional
Teacher Survey



An optional
Parent Survey


Main features


Allows
students, teachers and parents to participate

in the evaluation of
their school.


An
online

survey whereby data are collected and stored on a secure
server.


Data are collected with a
"double
-
blind" procedure
. When students or
teachers complete a survey neither TTFM staff nor the district and
school coordinators can link individuals' responses to their names.


Information pertaining to individual students and teachers is not
accessible by anyone outside the school district.


Schools can see how well they fare on certain indicators
without being
compared

to particular schools.


The evaluation focuses on
each school's own progress
, rather than on
differences among schools.


Comparisons are also possible with
national norms

for similar
-
type
schools.

Overview Tutorial


http://www.thelearningbar.com/demo/ttfm_overview_tutorial.html

Secure web technology


The TTFM system relies on industry strength SSL technology for
transmission encryption
.


In this process, the web browser communicates with a secure
web server (https).


Digital certificates encrypt data using
Secure Sockets Layer

(SSL) technology, the industry
-
standard method for protecting
web communications.


The SSL security protocol provides data encryption, server
authentication, message integrity, and client authentication for a
TCP/IP connection.


All reported information is based on
aggregates of at least ten
teachers or students
, so that the responses of an individual
survey participant can never be identified.

Procedure


Student surveys are administered on
-
line requiring
no input from their
teachers
.


A random group of students completes the survey
every week
. Each
sample is created
automatically
.


A designated contact within the school receives the
sample list by email

and provides students with internet access and log
-
in information.


The system updates
reports on the school
´
s secure site

automatically
as soon as all students have answered.


Teacher surveys are administered on
-
line
twice during the school year
.


Both surveys take about
30 minutes

to complete each time.

Categorisation


Principals can compare their school's progress with national
norms, and to break down results by gender, socioeconomic
status, grade level and other factors of interest to the school
or school district.


Used to evaluate for example programs aimed to bolster the
self
-
esteem of girls, to increase school participation of boys,
or raise aspirations of students from low socioeconomic
backgrounds.


There must be at least 25 students in a given category for the
trajectory line to be displayed.



Teacher survey


The school is the unit of analysis for analyzing teacher
survey results.


One scaling is for gauging the strength of teachers' views in
an absolute sense, based on the response categories
presented for each item (e.g., strongly disagree to strongly
agree; very inadequate to outstanding).


Another method is for comparing the school's results to the
district average and the average for all participating schools.


Graphic web presentation:

Student Trajectory Report



The
Student Trajectory Report

displays a school's or district's
trend (red line) for
each of the indicators

(or topic areas) derived
from the student data, plotted against a replica school or the
mean for same type schools nationally.


Trend lines are based on the "
running average
" of completed
survey responses from the preceding four weeks, and therefore
are responsive to changes in school policy and practice.


The reports are available online at any time to participating
schools and districts.

Graphic web presentation:

Student Trajectory Report


Trajectory Reports enable staff to
see immediately

the areas
where a school is improving, staying the same, or getting worse,
as a school year progresses.


Schools will also have regular, online access to
unedited student
comments
, derived from their responses to the survey's open
-
ended questions. These, too, will be anonymous.


Each of the student outcomes and schooling processes is rated
on a scale that has a
range from 0 to 10
.


The results for each school and district are updated with each
submission of a new survey.

Graphic web presentation:

Student Trajectory Report

Indicator: Long-term aspirations and expectations
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Score
Average
Graphic web presentation:

Student Trajectory Report

Indicator: Sense of belonging
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Score
Average
Student Survey


The student survey provides data on
20
separate indicators

in three domains or
Composite Measures
:

1.
Student engagement

2.
Student health and wellness

3.
School and classroom climate


1. Student Engagement


The extent to which students identify with and value schooling
outcomes, and participate in academic and non
-
academic activities. It
embodies a disposition towards learning, working with others, and
functioning in a social institution. Comprised of the following indicators:


Sense of belonging

at school, pertains to students’ “attachment to
school, which has to do with feelings of being accepted and valued by
their peers, and by others at their school”


Participation in school clubs and sports,
an important element of
school life for many students.


Students’
long
-
term aspirations and expectations,
shaped by their
perceptions of their ability, their experiences at home and at school,
and the opportunities presented to them.


School and class attendance,
an important indicator of student
engagement.


The value placed on schooling outcomes,
another key component of
student engagement.

2. Student Health and Wellness


Emotional, social, spiritual and physical health of children and youth is
closely tied to their engagement in school life and their learning
outcomes. Comprised of the following indicators:


Self esteem,

refers to how much a person likes and accepts herself or
himself. In many respects, it is a measure of self respect.


Time Spent on Physical Activity,

measured in hours per week.


Student Bullying,

refers to situations when a person tries to hurt
another person, and does it more than once. Bullying can be physical,
verbal, or social.


Depression,
a mental state characterized by feelings of sadness,
discouragement and inadequacy that persist for long periods, from two
or three weeks to several years.


Anxiety,

involves feelings of fear, intense anxiety, and worry about
particular events or social situations.


Smoking

habits.


3. Classroom and school
climate


The rate at which students learn new a new set of skills depends on several
factors: students’ aptitude for learning skills at a particular level of difficulty,
their motivation and perseverance, the level and quality of instruction, the
amount of instructional time devoted to learning the new skills, and the
quality of instructional resources. Comprised of the following indicators:


Effective learning time,

measures three important aspects of classroom
teaching: the extent to which important concepts are taught and understood,
the efficiency with which class time is used, and the degree to which course
objectives are aligned with homework assignments and evaluation.


The Disciplinary Climate of the Classroom,

refers to the extent to which
pupils internalize norms and values of the classroom, and conform to them.


Expectations for Academic Success,

refers to the extent to which school
staff value academic achievement and hold high expectations for students.


Teacher
-
Student Relations

assesses students’ perceptions about how
they are treated by their teachers, whether they feel supported by them.


Student Advocacy

is based on the premise that every child needs an
advocate, someone to turn to for advice and someone who consistently
provides encouragement.