Using Information: Data to Drive Decisions
Learning Support Indicators
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Each learning-support indicator is a numeric score (0 – 100) that provides information about a school and how it operates. The bar graphs show the indicator for each school and the statewide average for each indicator, based on school level (elementary school, middle school, high school).
These learning-support indicators are reported for each school:
• School Climate
• Parental Involvement (and parent engagement)
• High schools receive a 5th indicator: Graduation rate.
Two of the indicators are reported as percentages:
Attendance shows how many days children in each school are present, that is, not absent because of illness, suspensions, truancy, or other situations such as family emergencies.
Graduation rate shows the percentage of students in the class of 2005 who have graduated from of school, based on the number of students in that class who entered the school four years ago.
The three other learning-support indicators are index scores derived by the 2005 SALT Survey. Each score is based on responses to numerous questions on the surveys. The school-climate indicator is based on parent, student, and teachers surveys; the parental-involvement indicator is based on the parent and teacher surveys; the instruction indicator is based on the teacher surveys.
RIDE's “technical bulletin” includes an explanation of the learning-support indicators and how they are calculated.
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Test scores are useful for telling us what students have learned and which students have learned, but the scores do not tell us about the conditions in a school that contribute to improved student learning. The learning-support indicators give us information that helps educators, their school-improvement teams, and the school communities decide what teaching practices, school structures, and cultures should change in order to improve learning. The learning-support indicators are meant to begin discussions in schools and districts about what should be done to provide the conditions in which students will be able to learn better.
The goal for the School Climate, Parental Involvement, and Instruction indicators is a score of 100.
This indicator is based on student and teacher responses to the SALT Survey; the graphs show the score for each school and for the state at this school’s level (elementary, middle, high school).
The School Climate Indicator concerns such aspects of school life as school safety, expectations that students have for themselves and that teachers have for their students, and respectful relationships between teachers and students. This indicator also denotes whether student behavior is disruptive, whether teachers are invested in the success of their students, and whether students know that they can approach someone in their school to discuss both academic and personal problems.
This indicator is based on parent and teacher responses to the SALT Survey; the graphs show the score for each school and for the state at this school’s level (elementary, middle, high school).
The Parental Involvement Indicator denotes whether families are comfortable in school environments and are fully engaged in supporting their child’s learning by helping with homework, attending conferences, participating in school-improvement activities, and communicating with teachers. It also show whether the schools provide ongoing opportunities to communicate with parents and whether they are creative in their approaches to help reluctant families feel comfortable working with teachers.
This indicator is based on teacher responses to the SALT Survey; the graphs show the score for each school and for the state at this school’s level (elementary, middle, high school).
This indicator shows whether standards-based and research-based instruction takes place in the school. It also shows whether teachers are well prepared to implement standards- and research-based instruction, and it denotes the barriers that teachers face or the support that they receive as they implement good instructional practices.
For attendance, the long-term goal is 95%, meaning that no more than 5% of the school year should be lost because of illness, suspensions, truancy, and other absences. The goal for the current year is 90%.
For the graduation-rate indicator, the ultimate goal for each school is 95%, matching the goal established by the R.I. Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education that no more than 5% of all students will drop out of any high school. The goal for the current year is 75.3 %.