K-12 Innovation Community

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High School Exit Survey

Holly Williams, Director, Department of Research and Evaluation

Austin Independent School District

The 14th annual Austin Independent School District (AISD) High School Exit Survey (HSES) was administered online to seniors in every AISD high school during May 2016. In total, 4,340 high school seniors completed the survey for a response rate of 83%. On each campus, the College and Career Advisors, often referred to as Project ADVANCE facilitators in some schools, were responsible for ensuring all seniors were given the opportunity to complete the survey. The HSES results are used to improve the campus environment and program supports for students. Survey results also are used in the monitoring of the district’s strategic plan Goal 3: All students will graduate ready for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy.

CTE Completer Exit Survey

Mandy Mills, Director of CTE

Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Anti-Bully School Assessment

David H. Smith, Director of Research and Evaluation

Alpine School District

The way we report it is directly to the administrators in the school. As you know the report shows bright spots where the bullying happens. Schools take this information and position adults in these spots during class break, lunch, and before and after school.

Student Input Survey

Christopher Kolar, Director of Research and Assessment

Palo Alto Unified School District

Stakeholder Involvement Plan

Mandy Mills, Director of CTE

Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Customer Service

Kellie Sigh

Milwaukee Public Schools

Customer Service is new to K12 and historically thought of as only a concern for private sector organizations. However, Milwaukee Public Schools understands that relationship-building is at the heart of good customer service. Our increased focus on customer satisfaction led to the development of a dashboard. The dashboard tool has been helpful in monitoring customer interactions, tracking customer training feedback and improving our response time to customer concerns.

Annual Survey for Teacher Candidates

Phil Chase, Professional Accountability Unit Supervisor

Michigan Department of Education

The Annual Survey is a battery of four thematically-linked surveys with similar categories of questions, each designated by a two-letter code: (TC) Teacher Candidate Survey for those completing student teaching in K-12 schools and who will soon earn their initial teaching license, (CS) Candidate Supervisor Survey for those faculty members at Michigan's schools of education who have trained those teacher candidates, (YO) The Year-Out Survey which is administered as a follow-up to teachers who have entered the workforce, and (CT) Cooperating Teachers Survey, for veteran K-12 teachers who have recently welcomed a student teacher into their classrooms. The TC and CS surveys contribute their ratings to an annual evaluation score that Michigan provides to its teacher preparation programs.

Alpine Physical Facilities

David H. Smith, Director of Research and Evaluation

Alpine School District

The Alpine Physical Facilities helps us see how schools feel different departments in Physical Facilities were doing with customer service. The departments included Plumbing, Electric, HVAC, etc.

Needs Assessment

Heather Hepworth, Director of School Improvement

Minidoka County Joint School District

This Needs Assessment is sent to all certified staff in our district to ensure we are using federal funds based on the needs of teachers and para-educators.

AQuESTT Evidence-Based Analysis

Matt Hastings, Senior Administrator of Data, Research & Evaluation

Nebraska Department of Education

The Accountability for a Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) Evidence-Based Analysis (EBA) is conducted by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) in order to collect data on public schools and districts across Nebraska in support of the processes associated with school accountability (79-760.06 and 79-760.07 R.S.S.) EBA items pertain to policies, practices and procedures related to the six AQuESTT tenets, as well as needed areas of support and models of best practice.

AQuESTT Evidence-Based Analysis and Rule 10 Assurances

Matt Hastings, Senior Administrator of Data, Research & Evaluation

Nebraska Department of Education

The Accountability for a Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) Evidence-Based Analysis (EBA) is conducted by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) in order to collect data on public schools and districts across Nebraska in support of the processes associated with school accountability (79-760.06 and 79-760.07 R.S.S.) EBA items pertain to policies, practices and procedures related to the six AQuESTT tenets, as well as needed areas of support and models of best practice. The Rule 10 Assurances, a form that districts are required to fill out annually to remain in compliance, precedes the EBA items as part of the version that is sent to districts.

Research Application

Brian Sersion, Program Evaluator

Cincinnati Public Schools

To facilitate the research proposal process for Cincinnati Public Schools, Department of Performance & Accountability. Automated emails with embedded data fields serve as our initial trigger to begin application review for research studies and program evaluations.

Application to Conduct Research or Surveys

Research and Evaluation

Milwaukee Public Schools

Any individual or organization interested in conducting a research study, evaluation, or survey in MPS, or receiving data from MPS, must apply to conduct these projects prior to beginning data collection. This form is used to collect the applications.

2016-17 Application to Conduct Research

Dr. Tavy Chen, Director of Accountability, Research and Evaluation

Orange County Public Schools

The 2016-17 Application to Conduct Research was designed with the purpose of providing an efficient, electronic process for approving research by external individuals or organizations with a clear, direct benefit for the district, a public K-12 educational institution. The resulting online application provides an accessible avenue to communicate with the district’s Accountability, Research and Evaluation department for proposal submission, access to schools, staff, or students, and corresponding educational data.

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