Author: Phil Saurman
Phil Saurman is an experienced K-12 financial advisor. He now works at Eidex as a Financial Data Analyst. You can reach Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org
As the old saying goes there are two things we all have to look forward to….death and taxes. As a K-12 school administrator we can add one more thing…..negotiations. As negotiations are unavoidable, it is important for a district to utilize “best practices” on a consistent basis to achieve the best and most transparent result for all parties in the process. Presented below are a series of best practices that a district may utilize to maintain efficiency and transparency throughout the negotiations process. These are not meant to be a complete list, as each district will have unique issues to deal with and include in their negotiations process.
Overall Best Practices for A Successful Negotiations
2018-19 brings the final opportunity for districts to comply with the Michigan educator evaluation legislation. With the school year upon us and to-do lists growing by the minute, ensuring adherence to policies for calculating student growth ratings may feel like a daunting task.
The solution: Eidex® School Evaluation Module
Recognizing the time constraint that school leaders face, we have worked in partnership with Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to develop a School Evaluation Module. Also known as the Student Growth Percentile (SGP) calculator, this module uses state assessment data to calculate student growth ratings consistent with recommendations from the MDE.
If your district is looking for an efficient way to evaluate educators, this intuitive, low-maintenance tool can calculate an SGP rating for individual teachers, building and district administrators in minutes. We also deliver complimentary custom SGP reports to our district partners. To learn more about the new educator evaluation requirements and how our School Evaluation Module works, check out this article in the most recent MASA Leader Magazine, Summer 2018.
Recently, I had the privilege of presenting a session on how achievement influences budgeting.
Schools often say that achievement is our number one goal, but how often are budget decisions made on other factors? Since 85% of school budgets are staff expenses, there is no way to get into budget conversations without concern for someone’s job. This ends up leading the budget conversations way too many times, especially at the Board table. Without good data, it is very hard for budget conversations to not get into personnel.
Eidex is a wonderful resource for building principals!
School Leaders have access to both formative and summative assessments using the Eidex website. NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) and M-Step (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) are two examples of assessments that can be analyzed. Principals can use this data analytics resource to support Professional Learning Teams in effectively analyzing student achievement data for the purpose of guiding instruction and designing meaningful student interventions.
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