Successful educational outcomes cannot occur without quality assessments and evaluations that guide practice and program improvements. The Capstone Institute Assessment and Evaluation team specializes in deploying a cadre of robust, customizable methods to help support optimized educational attainment.
- Typically conducted at the outset of all projects. Used to identify how well the current processes meet the needs and goals of stakeholders,
- Examine existing practices, attitudes, resources, strengths, challenges and opportunities at a given site.
- The various facets encompass:
- examination of archival documents (e.g. suspension rates, attendance trends etc.),
- administrator interviews,
- school/organization walk-throughs,
- stakeholder questionnaire surveys,
- classroom observations,
- stakeholder focus groups,
- test score diagnostics.
Follow-up Assessments and Evaluation
Include several different facets:
- Periodic diagnostic testing to determine the best fit of instruction and to benchmark progress.
- Monitor quality of teacher/staff professional development.
- Discern quality of instruction, leadership, academic support, and school-family-community partnership components.
- Link implementations to specific outcomes.
- Gauge how implementation factors relate to standardized achievement outcomes and factors such as motivation, task engagement, and attitudes toward learning.
- Linking process data to outcomes data allows us to discern what is working and why.
- Provide mid-course corrective feedback if needed.
- Identify more readily what factors contribute the most to sustained success.