ERIC Number: ED473935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pilot Test of AEL's School Capacity Assessment.
Howley, Caitlin; Riffle, Joy
A pilot version of a School Capacity Assessment (SCA) was developed in 2002 to assess the degree to which schools possess the potential to become high performing learning communities. The SCA was part of AELs School Capacity Development project. The pilot version of the SCA was intended to be administered to K-12 professional staff to assist them in determining how well positioned their schools are to begin the development of a higher performing learning community. The 99-item, 4-page instrument contains 8 subscales: Collective Teacher Efficacy, Deprivatized Practice, Program Coherence, Technical Resources, Equitable Practice, Differentiated Instruction, Expectations for Student Performance, and Time for Planning. The pilot SCA was completed by 427 respondents from 10 schools in a Virginia school district and 26 respondents from a West Virginia school district. Results suggest that the SCA holds potential for assessing school capacity for improvement. As was to be expected from the sample of relatively low performing schools chosen, item and subscale means were relatively low. The instrument overall was internally consistent in the pilot test, and correlations between the subscales were, in general, moderate to very strong. Recommendations are made for additional study. Three appendixes contain the SCA, descriptive statistics, and a checklist for applying standards. (Contains 13 tables and 76 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.