Evaluate and improve

At this phase of the process the key objective is to evaluate progress towards attainment of the achievement challenge and identify next steps for future development.

This will involve implementing the evaluation process outlined in the achievement challenge plan, gathering evidence, collating and analysing evidence, evaluation of progress and identification of next steps. As part of this process it is important that the stewardship group communicates progress and next steps to the community and board of trustees of each school.

Expected Outcome: Ongoing evolution of the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

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Possible considerations

Evaluating progress in relation to the identified challenge/s, such as:

  • the outcomes in relation to the goal/s.
  • analysing next steps for individual schools and for the Community of Learning as a whole.
  • things that have changed as a result of individual actions.
  • identifying the areas that need a stronger focus.
  • whether the evaluation identifies the need to continue with this challenge or points to another related or different focus.

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Basket of evidence

The working group has identified a basket of evidence which Communities of Learning can draw on to identify their objectives and assess their progress. Schools collect a considerable amount of evidence about students’ progress and achievement in relation to the national curriculum. It is expected that a Community of Learning would use some of this existing evidence as part of its inquiry to determine the impact of its actions and to measure progress towards shared objectives.

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How do we appraise the across school roles?

The new Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako roles will have a number of functions that are different from existing roles in schools. The roles will have specific selection criteria, job descriptions and performance standards. These new functions, job descriptions and performance criteria will have to be taken into account in developing the appraisal document/performance agreement and subsequently for appraisals. Boards of Trustees are responsible for ensuring the implementation of an appraisal process for their staff.

The appraisal for the Community of Learning leader and across-school teachers should be considered part of the normal appraisal process. The lead role should be appraised under a separate section of the process and against the criteria set for the lead principal role. NZSTA can advise you with this process.

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