System-Wide Improvement, Monitoring and Evaluation
Building Strong Foundations to Support Educational Change
Although it appears logical to improve student outcomes through direct measures, growing evidence suggests that the success of such efforts is unlikely in schools with cultural dysfunction. To further aggravate the problem, dysfunctional school climates (e.g., those with low levels of trust/safety) promote inequities and opportunity gaps.
NSI’s tools and processes help develop positive school climates that support educational change efforts. The characteristics of positive school climates, such as a sense of community and high levels of relational trust, are critical in reducing resistance to change and help build psychological safety, allowing school members to speak out, share ideas and experiment with innovations.
Our instruments and services inform the development of school improvement plans, provide professional development and resources that develop skills related to collaborative inquiry, and provide data to inform evidence-based decision-making about organisational change.
Instruments in our School Climate Suite® assess the perceptions of:
The instruments that make up NSI’s School Climate Suite®:
The instruments in NSI’s School Climate Suite® provide comprehensive coverage across four broad categories:
Tailoring instruments ensures that they assess important system-wide goals and align with features of the system’s educational framework. Following a gap analysis, modifications made in collaboration with nominated system personnel may include:
NSI acknowledges and appreciates the unique context of schools. As such, schools are invited, under the guidance of our expert research team and advisement from the system, to contextualise the School Climate Suite®. This may include:
Individual schools within the system are provided with comprehensive feedback reports based on participants’ responses, using fit-for-purpose, user-friendly charts.
Aggregated system-level reports are generated using the data from all schools that administered instruments in the School Climate Suite® in the same academic year. For systems that engage with the School Climate Suite® over time, longitudinal data is provided to examine trends. In addition to a snapshot of school members’ views across the system, the data is aggregated based on groups (identified by the system) to allow comparisons, such as:
A healthy, positive school climate is the foundation of improvement efforts and a key to improving student outcomes. NSI’s School Climate Suite offers systems a means of helping schools develop positive school climates by providing the following:
NSI’s School Climate Suite® provides a means of evaluating the effectiveness of the processes used in programs and interventions introduced across schools. Given that at the heart of programs designed to address problems such as student behaviour or bullying (e.g., restorative practices) is the development of a positive school climate, measures in our School Climate Suite provide a process criterion.