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Column: Worthington school district will host external review

By Katie Clarke, District 518 WORTHINGTON -- Worthington School District is committed to ensuring students have access to world-class educational opportunities at every grade level. This is not easy to obtain and involves a continuous improvement...

By Katie Clarke, District 518

WORTHINGTON - Worthington School District is committed to ensuring students have access to world-class educational opportunities at every grade level. This is not easy to obtain and involves a continuous improvement process. The district continually reviews practices and processes in classrooms, within building and departments, and at the district level as part of being an accredited institution. The continuous review process includes seven essential areas, listed below.

  • A clear direction: The capacity to define and clearly communicate the direction, mission, and goals.
  • A healthy culture: Shared values, beliefs and assumptions, and creating opportunities for everyone to be successful.
  • High expectations: The district’s stated commitment to expectations for all stakeholders, including student learning outcomes and teacher quality.
  • Impact of instruction: The capacity of every teacher to purposefully and intentionally create an environment that empowers all learners to be successful.
  • Resource management: The ability to plan, secure and allocate its resources to meet the needs of every learner.
  • Efficacy of engagement: The capacity to engage learners and other stakeholders in and effective manner to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Implementation capacity: The ability of an institution to execute actions designed to improve organizational and instructional effectiveness.

Every five years, a team of external reviews from AdvancED travel to Worthington to review the all aspects of the district. AdvancED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, is committed to helping our district continuously improve. This year, the AdvancED review will occur on Nov. 6-8. The review team will interview parents, teachers, non-certified staff, administration and students. Additionally, they will observe classrooms in each school.
To prepare for the review, feedback was gathered from students, teachers, support staff, parents and administrators via a survey. The surveys collected data from all of these areas listed above. Below are a few highlights.  

  • 93 percent of teachers report that students in their class have formal opportunities to develop positive relationships with their peers and/or adults.
  • 97 percent of teachers report that their lessons provide opportunities for students to be actively engaged in their learning.
  • 99 percent of teachers report that their lessons are based on high expectations for students almost always or often.

At the culmination of the review, AdvancED will provide the district with a rating and possible recommendation for accreditation. The outcome of the review will be sent to the school district approximately four weeks after the onsite visit. We are looking forward to hosting the external reviewers and believe they will highlight the wonderful things that are happening for our students. We welcome ideas to become an even stronger system.
 

Dr. Katie Clarke is District 518’s director of teaching and learning.

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