Riverside Primary School has many ways in which data is
Using this four point scale (with graduations) people of all ages are able to indicate their levels of delight with a wide range of experiences of delight or otherwise.
1. Great, exceeds expectations
Graduations such as 2.5 would mean most things are just Ok whereas 1.5 would mean that everything was quite good and comprehensively satisfactory.
The language of the sale is adjusted to match the situation being appraised
Use of the scale generates soft data which is frequently demonstrated to be more sound than might be assumed. Teacher ratings stand up well under benchmarking with standardized testing. This is not surprising since teachers establish standards across grade levels for the ratings.
One of the most powerful ways to reduce variation in schools is to ensure that everyone is well informed. The School's information systems work very well.
Soft & Hard Data People are not machines, educational processes are not industrial in nature and it is difficult to isolate one process from others. The data that is available at any point in time varies from hard, objective, scientific data through to data that has a less substantial basis. It would be easy to dismiss the RPS rating system as merely 'soft data' and to consider that the DoE standardise testing in literacy produces 'hard data'.
By observation of the results of processing data within the School over many years, the author has come to the conclusion that
The reality is that teachers are faced with demands for accountability and are required to respond on the basis of a very 'mixed bag' of available data. For this reason the School has developed the following policy to guide teachers:
PROGRESS (evidence for)
The School is accountable for the progress of students, ie, from time to time we are required to give an account. Acceptable evidence for such accounts may include
People who are well informed and responsible can be trusted to exercise initiative. They also need little supervision. This also means that there is little need for counter measures. This releases senior staff time and energy to more directly support the school's core activities of teaching and learning.