10-27-2015 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #21


Title
TNTP Insight Survey

Discussion

In January of 2015, Brevard Public Schools participated in a District Diagnostic review paid for by the Gates Foundation and conducted by EDI (Education Delivery Institute).  Part of the data collection involved implementation of TNTP’s Insight Survey with BPS classroom teachers, with a survey response rate of 81%.

Additional information about TNTP’s Insight Survey:

  • Insight results form a personalized roadmap for school improvement.  Insight questions are intentionally designed to be based on observable leader actions.  Results in turn are oriented toward action – leaders get concrete feedback on what their teachers experience each day and can prioritize improvement in areas that matter most for student and teacher success.  Through Insight leaders also gain access to resources for understanding results, prioritizing next steps, and taking action to improve their school.  The TNTP Toolbox is a free, on-line tool available to participating school leaders.
  • Insight provides benchmark data to schools with strong cultures. Insight provides benchmarks to schools with strong cultures as opposed to the average school.  Leaders at schools with strong cultures prioritize key instructional leadership practices that create environments where teachers and students can thrive.  Insight is used in over 1300 schools in more than 25 sites across the country and can provide benchmarks not only to strong local exemplars but also to schools with strong practices nationwide. 
  • Insight supports continuous improvement efforts. Insight data will be part of the ongoing district process of school improvement and strategic planning. The district’s partnership with the Gates Foundation produced the baseline survey data in January of 2015.  With Board approval of this proposal, the survey will be administered annually for the next three years so district and school leaders can assess progress and adjust priorities in an ongoing way that is responsive to changing conditions and teacher feedback.  By continuing to measure the strength of instructional leadership practices, Human Resources, Area Superintendents, and Principals will have a sense of the progress they have made and when priorities may need to shift to a new area of focus. 
  • Insight is aligned to teacher retention and student outcomes.  The Insight survey gathers perspectives from teachers on topics and themes that, based on research and best practice, have demonstrated relationships to both retention and learning. Three questions on the survey have been independently validated as a leading indicator of both effective teacher retention and student outcomes.

District staff members and principals have used the initial Insight results to guide this year’s school improvement planning, deliberate practice development, professional development priorities, and the district’s strategic planning initiative. Results from years two – four will be used similarly to inform leader evaluations, monitor school and district continuous improvement efforts, plan and implement high quality professional development, and improve teacher morale.  This recommendation represents an initial step in a system-wide strategic shift away from using primarily test scores to evaluate performance at all levels.



Recommendation
Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent, Human Resources Services, recommends approval of the proposal to annually implement TNTP's Insight Survey of classroom teachers in all district schools for three years, starting in January 2016.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 10/13/2015
Consent after Information10/27/2015

Authority for Action
F.S. 1001.42(18)

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Other

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
15/16$60,000.00no10094000111157730312000
16/17$60,000.00no10094000111157730312000
17/18$60,000.00no10094000111157730312000

Contact
Debra P. Pace, Associate Superintendent, Human Resources Services, ext. 200


Attachment:  Brevard Public Schools Insight - Proposal - vF (2).pdf