Posted by Christopher Chiang, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Oct 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm
Thank you @chiang for highlighting important issues. In reply, yes we do collect data, but are we making full use of our data?
Our schools are primarily judged based on their annual API score, which is simply a calculation of the standardized tests. Test scores are an important data set, as are annual surveys.
Yet, the API is part of how we grade our schools, and surveys are not. Nor is any data on our children’s ability to problem solve, innovate, work in teams, control their emotions, or learn free of bullying or other aggressive culture part of our schools' "grade." All of which contribute to a child’s lifelong success. We need to align our metrics with our values.
In New York City where I used to teach, school survey data is very public event.
Example: Web Link
The data is part of how each school is “graded.”
Example: Web Link
Your second question, I'm a Google Certified Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator, yes, I'm aware companies like them do already donate to our schools. My belief is that we can get deeper partnerships if rather than asking for just money, we presented them with a plan for bold entrepreneurial initiatives that leverage all their assets, and resonate with the shared belief in investing in human capital.
In Singapore, they recruit the best to be principals, and send their new principals on clinical studies of organizations around the world, visiting leading schools or leading private businesses. We can get more than checks and guest speakers, but a sharing of best practices.
To learn more about Singapore's school leadership development, an excerpt of a concise Dan Rather report:
As a teacher, I cherish these questions and comments as learning experiences. I thank you for them and I welcome more of them (be it publicly or privately).