We started the 2018-2019 school year with some beliefs about how we will use data (or evidence) to enhance student learning. A few key beliefs were that:
- learning is deepened when educators and learners act responsively to a variety of evidence,
- in using agreed, school-wide protocols and processes to collect, analyze, take action, and reflect, and
- teachers and students should be empowered to engage meaningfully with evidence.
To help make progress in this area, a voluntary Evidence-based Learning Committee was formed (click to see the members) which met a number of times and collaborated with many teams around the school using a new, school-wide protocol for looking at evidence objectively to decide upon next actions. The committee also developed some goals and action steps towards these goals for the 2019-2020 school year.
- Trial a clear evidence-based framework, that students, teachers & leadership use for learning and decision making processes.
- For teachers and students to use and interpret data from formative assessment to evaluate learning objectively and inform the next steps of learning.
- To understand and support students (learning and wellbeing), we will utilize structures and processes (e.g. the Evidence to Action protocol) to make informed decisions.
- Developing a shared culture of evidence-based conversations.
The committee is very much looking forward to making even more progress next year.