"Improvement should be data driven"
It’s about learning not results – get the learning right, and the results will take care of themselves. Right from the outset any school improvement initiative needs to be data driven. Collecting effective base line data allows teachers to drill down deeper to the causes and not merely make holistic judgements at the symptomatic level. If we are serious about improving student outcomes, then we need an explicit understanding of their strengths and their gaps. Actions need to be deliberate, their impact evaluated, and evidence of progression visible. Addressing learning issues in the junior school is essential to improving senior success.
Write that Essay Head of Assessment
Andrew Langley is the Write that Essay School Liaison Officer South Island and our Head of Assessment. A respected educator and professional, Andrew was most recently Assistant Rector at St Bedes College, Christchurch. With over 20 years classroom experience in a range of high schools from low-decile to single–sex special character schools, Andrew’s appointment in secondary school senior management has focused on teaching and learning portfolios and the deliberate acts of teaching that improve student outcomes. He has a keen interest in school improvement initiatives and is passionate that assessment is the outcome of good teaching practice rather than the driver.
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