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Standard 5

The authorizer implements a comprehensive evaluation system that generates a range of data about the effectiveness of the authorizer and its authorized schools and uses the results to guide continuous improvement.

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The Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office (GVSU CSO) constantly uses comprehensive data and evaluations to improve authorizer effectiveness. The GVSU CSO implements a diverse range of systems that monitor internal growth as well as the growth of the schools it serves. The evaluations allow the GVSU CSO to identify strong practices already in place and areas of needed improvement. The diverse assortment of feedback allows the authorizer to quickly and effectively strategize, take action, and best serve its stakeholders.

The GVSU CSO uses various evaluation systems to guide organizational, individual, and charter school improvement. All work of authorizer personnel is aligned with the authorizer’s strategic plan. All authorizer personnel complete individual annual evaluations for personal growth and assessment. School evaluation is determined through multiple assessment measures related to academic performance, governance, and compliance. These measures are stated in the standards of the contract between the school and the authorizer.

The GVSU CSO excels at measuring academic improvement related to the schools it serves by periodically collecting trend and comparison data related to standardized testing and growth testing. The GVSU CSO extracts data from State of Michigan databases and its own internal data share-house system, The GVSU CSO also collects data through the Northwest Evaluation Assessment’s Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) test. The state databases allow the authorizer to evaluate multiple academic areas including graduation trends, test score trends, and how schools compare to others in the surrounding area. The NWEA MAP data shows a school’s overall fall-to-spring academic growth as well as grade level growth. After gathering and analyzing this data, the authorizer clearly identifies schools in need of additional support and implements an appropriate improvement plan.

Additionally, the GVSU CSO initiates growth by gathering data related to the programs and professional development it offers. Exit surveys regarding presenters and content are collected from participants. Survey responses directly determine what participants enjoyed and what could be improved. Similar surveys and feedback opportunities are given to those who attend authorizer student programs including campus visits, summer enrichment camp, and ArtPrize Education Days. The collected data helps the GVSU CSO provide professional development and programs that best serve the participants.

In an effort to further improve the effectiveness of the GVSU CSO, the staff is exploring the use of EdLabs as another way to collect data. At its full potential, EdLabs will provide reliable evidence to help the GVSU CSO make decisions that will increase internal growth and achievement within its charter schools.

The GVSU CSO relays achievement and goals to its stakeholders through many avenues. The authorizer’s leadership gives detailed reports to university leadership multiple times each month. The authorizer uses compiled data reports to communicate school performance to stakeholders. The GVSU CSO understands the importance of transparency and accountability and makes these data reports available to the public. Public stakeholders also receive information about the authorizer through digital media, advertising, social media, and authorizer reports focused on achievement.

The authorizer establishes and maintains a clearly defined and comprehensive evaluation system.

  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Strategic Plan
  • Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic
  • GVSU Performance Development Program (ePDP)
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Contract Performance Review Summary
  • Contract Performance Review (CPR 2.0)
  • School Information Snapshot
  • Contract Standard 4 (NWEA) Explanations
  • Step-by-step process for creating and sharing NWEA MAP gains reports
  • NWEA Gains Report School Overview ALL SUBJECTS 2013-2014
  • NWEA Academic Grant 2013-2014 (Ranked)
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office 2014-15 Academic Grant Program Description
  • Quality Performance Resource Group Report Full Year - Fall, Winter, Spring 2014 
  • Data Sharehouse for Community and Academic Data
  • MI-School Performance Indicator Index
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Portfolio Summary

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Authorizer staff continuously collect, analyze and use a range of data sources, including comparison and trend data related to program evaluation and organizational conditions.

  • List of databases and data sources used by GVSU Charter Schools Office
  • Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic
  • Student Performance Quality Assurance Diagnostic
  • Data Collection and Evaluation Related to School Performance
    • Contract Performance Review (CPR 2.0)
    • School Information Snapshot
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office portfolio regression slides [PHOTO] (Detroit Merit Charter Academy)
  • Data and evaluations related to NWEA MAP data and data assessment specialists
    • Takeaways and feedback from workshops [PHOTO]
    • NWEA MAP Reports
    • All gains reports stored on NWEA Livebinder [PHOTO]
    • Types of NWEA MAP reports available to teachers and administrators
    • NWEA MAP School Gains breakdown by  grade example (Detroit Merit Charter Academy)
    • NWEA data example after EBLI reading intervention (2 year gains)
    • NWEA data example after EBLI reading intervention (1 year gains)
    • Sample of NWEA Teacher Report from GVSU Johnson Center
  • Data and evaluations related to professional development and GVSU CSO programs
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office Summer Enrichment Camp exit survey
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office ArtPrize Education Days exit survey
    • Collecting self-evaluations from schools during Learning Network
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office Campus Visit Program Internal Evaluation Notes
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office PD Presenter Evaluation Spreadsheet - Fall 2014
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office Professional Development Survey
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office PD Presenter Evaluation Sheet - Winter and Spring 2014
  • Data and evaluations related to reading specialists
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office 12 Components of Literacy school evaluation
    • EBLI Teacher Observation Form Example
    • EBLI Teacher Survey Example
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office Reading Specialist 3-2-1 Evaluation Form given to EBLI Training Participants
    • Complied feedback from EBLI 3-2-1 evaluations
    • Memo and letter to principals describing EBLI study
    • EBLI Article 1
    • EBLI Article 2
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Evaluation Examples
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Field Representative Evaluation
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Board Governance Oversight System – Board Meeting Overall Summary
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Facebook data overview

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The authorizer’s leadership monitors and communicates to stakeholders comprehensive information about the achievement of authorizer improvement goals.

  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Strategic Plan – Goal 5 and its objectives
  • Correspondence from Special Assistant to the President for Charter Schools to stakeholders
    • PowerPoint presentations to stakeholders
    • Presentations at Principal Meetings [VIDEO]
    • Special Assistant to the President for Charter Schools writes Ed-Op piece for Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • Special Assistant to the President for Charter Schools addresses all school leadership teams to start the Learning Network [photo]
    • Special Assistant to the President for Charter Schools discusses learning styles data with school leadership teams during the Learning Network [photo]
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office creates and distributes internal publications for stakeholders
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office By the Numbers
    • 2013-2014 GVSU Charter Schools Office Academic Achievement Analysis (AAA) report
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office Annual Report
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office Quarterly Newsletter
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office communicates to stakeholders through digital media
    • Deputy Director of Charter Schools Twitter Feed (Example 1)
    • Deputy Director of Charter Schools Twitter Feed (Example 2)
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office Facebook Page
    • What We Do Video
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office YouTube video about former student who attended University Preparatory Academy
    • GVSU Charter Schools Office blog highlighting positive stories in GVSU-authorized charter schools
    • Twitter Professional Development Reminder Example
    • Facebook Professional Development Reminder Example
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office promotes and communicates through other GVSU departments and groups
    • Email about involvement with WGVU Kid's Day at the Zoo
    • GVSU CSO staff at WGVU Kid’s Day at the Zoo
    • Story about GVSU CSO bringing students to Grand Valley for ArtPrize
    • Story about GVSU CSO hosting informational seminar
    • Story about GVSU CSO awarding schools with community beautification grants

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