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ERIC Number: ED506087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7785-8174-1
Value Added School Review Field Guide
Alberta Education
The "Value-Added School Review (VSR)" is an analytical model designed to assist schools in identifying and addressing opportunities for school improvement. The model works best when it is focused purposefully on students and the student learning outcomes as defined in the "Guide to Education". It complements the processes described in Alberta Education's "Toolkit for Supporting Continuous Improvement in Schools" developed by Zone 1 Field Services, notably the Collaborative School Improvement Review (CSIR) process. While the CSIR process is most appropriately engaged to assist schools and school authorities in addressing performance challenges, the VSR process is designed to be used in any circumstances and shows promise as a tool to assist high-performing schools determine the sources of their success. The key distinguishing characteristic of the VSR model is the use of external reviewers to examine a school's performance data as captured primarily in Accountability Pillar results reports. The purpose of this Field Guide is to provide school and authority administrators with a description of the model and an introduction to implementing it. In considering which approach to use in carrying out a school review, school and authority leaders may choose to incorporate elements of both models to shape an effective review process, since the Field Services' Toolkit offers a range of tools to assist with organizing and presenting school performance data. Four appendices are included: (1) Additional Process Considerations; (2) School Profile Data Information Examples; (3) Sample Focus Group/Interview Questions; and (4) Additional Background. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
Alberta Education. 11th Floor Capital Boulevard, 10044 - 108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6, Canada. Tel: 780-427-6297; Fax: 780-427-5927; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Parents; Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Education
Identifiers - Location: Canada