Aspire to host several joint network conversations to gather input on quality measures on June 24, June 27 and June 30, 2016.
Following is the invitation sent to network participants:
Aspire has been working with many of you to help determine the root causes of why two-thirds of our children enter Kindergarten unprepared and why nearly one third of our youth do not graduate high school.
We have learned a lot through our conversations with all off you, and with parents and students.
Our next step is to use this input to create a tool that will help our service providers and other stakeholders determine how effective their programs are in improving those statistics. The tool, which will be called a program quality report, is intended to drive accountability and results in each of the programs, and to provide transparency to the larger community.
Using your input, we will decide how we measure the effectiveness of similar programs. For instance, after school programs might report on the improvement in reading scores of children from the start of the year until the end. If we see, therefore, that Program A has improved reading scores by 10 percent and Program B only by 5 percent, Program B will surely want to know what it can do differently to achieve Program A’s results. The objective is to provide all programs the opportunity to deliver the best outcomes, which will drive systemic change. The objective is NOT to shut down Program B because its scores were lower.
Together we must decide what benchmarks we will be using, what secondary measures will be considered — i.e. Improved ninth grade graduation rates may signal improved high school graduation rates – and what quality indicators will be considered.
We have asked Bob Harman, Black Belt and LSS expert from O-I, to facilitate these sessions to be sure we effectively gather all the information you have. Specifically, we would like you to tell us the following about your current programs and measurements:
- What benchmarks are you using?
- What data do you already collect?
- Is there data you’d like to collect but cannot?
- What are the secondary measures you believe are relevant?
- How can we measure quality?
Please attend and make sure we understand all that we can about your programs and what you are measuring. If you cannot attend the meeting, please call Kristen Kania or send her your program measurements via email.
Thank you for your attention and response. We look forward to seeing you at our event.