An Evolving Repository of Tools for Measuring Student Outcomes
This set of resources for defining and measuring student progress has been designed for programs and educators in the Teach For All network that are committed to helping their students on an enduring path to self-determined opportunity and leadership. We know that the landscape and political climate surrounding student outcomes is complex. We also draw strength from our shared commitment to know, with confidence, that our students are on an enduring path towards expanded opportunities in education, employment, health and all other important aspects of life.
This library contains a list of resources for measuring broad student outcomes that are aligned with the Teach For All network’s Teaching As Collective Leadership (TACL) framework. This framework will provide teachers, teacher coaches and program designers with insights and tools for growing students as leaders of a better future, which are designed to be customized and adapted. One of the first insights coming from our earliest learning loops was that teachers in the strongest classrooms are holding themselves accountable to student outcomes that include but go beyond what most government and education systems are measuring and tracking.
This library is an important source of instruments and scales to support your organizational strategy for monitoring progress on these broader outcomes. The measurement tools in this library are mapped to the five families of student outcomes in the TACL framework that serve as excellent indicators that students are growing as leaders of a better future. Each of these families of student outcomes cover multiple constructs that research has shown to be measurable. These research-supported constructs refer to specific student outcomes such as critical thinking, growth mindset, self-efficacy, and other knowledge, skills and behaviours that the tool intends to measure.
Invitation to Collaborate
We hope that this measurement library helps you cut through the noise to identify vision-aligned resources for measuring student outcomes. We hope you will use this library as a first step towards developing assessments that fit your specific purpose, priorities, and local contexts.
This library is not meant to offer measurement tools “off-the-shelf” but rather as one component of a holistic framework that aims to co-create a wide-range of locally customized resources and tools for teachers, teacher coaches and program designers. Through this practical exploration with partner organizations, we expect to discover new implications for Teaching As Collective Leadership which will lead to fresh cycles of research, insight, and practice in teacher training and development.
For additional learning opportunities related to student outcomes measurement and monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning from Teach For All, make sure to check out the Teach For All Partner Learning Portal.
For online courses related to student outcomes measurement, check out the Foundations of Student Outcomes Measurement course designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to develop a systematic student outcomes measurement strategy.
For insights related to pursuing external or internal research on student outcomes, check out the Leading a Research Agenda course designed to support partner leaders to develop and execute an organizational research strategy.
Towards this broader aim, we encourage you to collaborate with us in the TACL research team for support in measurement, research, and evaluation involving student outcomes. You can contact Alvin Vista (Knowledge Lead, Student Outcomes) and Robbie Dean (Director of Research) for specific questions.
Lastly, we would just like to add that measurement is an essential tool for improvement, especially data-driven and systematic improvement. Time and again, what’s measured eventually becomes prioritized, and what’s prioritized should be measured.