ERIC Number: EJ771016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Canadian Students "Tell Them from Me"
Willms, J. Douglass; Flanagan, Patrick
Education Canada, v47 n3 p46-50 Sum 2007
District administrators, principals and teachers need "leading indicators" that provide a framework for intervention, can be used to guide school policy and practice, and can help staff identify issues relevant to particular students or groups of students. In this article, the authors describe "Tell Them From Me", an assessment system they developed in 2004 that aims to provide leading indicators of student engagement and wellness, and classroom and school climate. Their aim was to meet the needs of school and district staff for timely, reliable, transparent results with a system that is cost-effective, user-friendly, extensible and affordable. "Tell Them From Me" includes a dynamic web-based student survey and optional teacher and parent surveys, which together assess 16 student outcomes pertaining to student engagement and wellness and 15 aspects of classroom and school learning climate that are known to affect learning outcomes. A unique feature of "Tell Them From Me" is that a random selection of students from each school completes the survey each week. The student survey results are updated daily, creating a system for continuous feedback that enables school and district staff to respond immediately to specific concerns and assess whether school reforms and interventions are having their intended effect. Since 2005, over 50,000 students in 120 schools across Canada have participated in the survey. The authors also discuss four requirements that are necessary for "Tell Them From Me" to have a positive effect in schools: (1) Support for the use of data to make decisions; (2) Grapple with challenges to "common knowledge"; (3) Respond to feedback; and (4) Identify long-term goals, commit to short- and medium-term strategies.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Surveys, School Policy, Feedback, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Middle School Students, Classroom Environment, Student Motivation, Student Interests, Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), High Risk Students, Educational Indicators, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
IES Cited: ED502502