Evaluation

Our Evaluation Instrument:

At Risk Diagnostic Evaluation ARDE

The At-Risk Diagnostic Evaluation provides valuable information that can be used to refine and improve strategies to improve graduation rates and decrease dropout rates. It focuses on measuring effectiveness for at-risk students. The ARDE will diagnose school effectiveness in five major areas. It evaluates current practice compared to research-based educational good practice.

We use research-based methodology based on the metrics of the following national organizations:

The The National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) Exemplary Practices in Alternative Education:

  1. Mission & Purpose
  2. Leadership
  3. Climate & Culture
  4. Staffing & Prof. Dev.
  5. Curriculum & Inst.
  6. Student Assessment
  7. Transition Planning & Support
  8. Parent/Guardian Involvement
  9. Collaboration
  10. Program Evaluation

Go here to download the 20-page description

NAREN NINE — National At-Risk Education Network

  • Accelerated Academic Curriculum
  • Strong Literacy Component
  • Deliberate Self-Management Program
  • Personalized Curriculum
  • Project-Experiential-Work Orientation
  • Smaller School & Class Size
  • Solid Planning & Administrative Support System
  • Collaborative Community Model
  • Comprehensive Staff Development Program

Go here to learn more about their 9 essential elements

15 Strategies for Dropout Prevention (National Dropout Prevention Center)

The Basic Core Strategies

  1. Mentoring/Tutoring
  2. Service Learning
  3. Alternative Schooling
  4. After School Opportunities

Early Interventions

  1. Early Childhood Education
  2. Family Engagement
  3. Early Literacy Development

Making the Most of Instruction

  1. Professional Development
  2. Active Learning
  3. Educational Technology
  4. Individualized Instruction

Making the Most of the Wider Community

  1. Systemic Renewal
  2. School-Community Collaboration
  3. Career and Technical Education
  4. Safe Schools

Go here for more info


Scheduling Alternative School

Fewer than 200 students

Day One:

  • Principal and teachers present an overview of the school to The Pinnacles Group staff
  • The Pinnacles Group staff interviews stakeholders groups (includes teachers, support staff, students, parents, etc.)

Day Two:

  • The Pinnacles Group staff prepares its detailed report and Power Point presentation
  • The Power Point presentation of the overview of the findings is given to school leaders and stakeholders
  • The final written report, which includes the scoring, is left with the school

Scheduling for K-12 Districts

Day One:

  • Superintendent and members of the cabinet present an overview of the school and the results of its self-assessment to The Pinnacles Group staff
  • The Pinnacles Group begins staff interviews stakeholders groups (includes teachers, support staff, students, parents, etc.)

Days Two-Three:

  • The Pinnacles Group staff continues to interview stakeholder groups and conduct building tours

Day Four-(maybe five depending on size):

  • The Pinnacles Group staff finalizes interviews, completes the work on the report

Final Day-

  • The Pinnacles Group staff prepares its detailed scoring report and Power Point presentation
  • The Power Point presentation of the overview of the findings is given to school leaders and stakeholders
  • The final written report is left with the school administrator

Fees-Through May 2011

  • $4,000-Alternative Schools (2-day visit)
  • $5500-Small K-12 Districts (3-day visit)
    • Fewer than 800 students in high school or larger alternative school that needs 3 days
  • includes stipend for all staff accompanying Ms. Kinneman, all travel expenses, and all necessary supplies

Evaluations

– The At-Risk Diagnostic Evaluation (ARDE) is a state of the art tool used to identify key issues related to student and school success.

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