Providing Meaningful Evaluation for the Education Sector
Technology adoption is enabling the education sector to embrace new ways of effective learning. However, ‘effective learning’ doesn’t purely rely on these new technologies; it depends on the teacher’s ability to adequately use them. Evaluating the effectiveness of these new methods, and ultimately the efficiency of the teachers and students is still a concern to the institutions.
“It is evident that schools are no longer about just teaching the subjects, but about teaching students effectively, which can be achieved through staff evaluation,” says Todd Whitlock, Co-founder and CEO, Standard for Success. To make the evolution process both easy and meaningful, Standard For Success, headquartered in Cloverdale, IN, offers innovative cloud-based evaluation and management solutions that are developed in association with teachers and administrators.
Standard for Success allows for real-time evaluation of teachers while easing the burden on administrators through its diverse management features and archives. “We help coach teachers and enhance their skills in order to better serve the students,” says Whitlock. One of the company’s services – classroom assessment development – can be used for this purpose. It can be used as a measure of growth and achievement for the teachers, where they are assessed on various standards like student learning objectives from the identified state standards, developing a test blueprint, and writing assessment questions.
The company also offers cloud-based management solutions that enable the educators to record their student data in a transparent manner, as compared to the traditional paper and pencil method that takes weeks to complete. A team of teachers and school administrators scrutinize the recorded electronic data at every step for enabling transparency. This helps the teachers make the best use of allocated resources and assure that the students are successful in the school systems.
Standard for Success clearly understands the problems faced by educators and addresses them successfully. “Our clients find our products easy to use and it takes less than 24 hours of training to incorporate our product into a district’s system. Some of our clients start their evaluation process even before having formal training because of our friendly user interface,” says Whitlock. “It makes the client’s job easier and this definitely impacts our ability to retain clients,” Whitlock adds.
The company partners with various school associations to support the educators and serve a vast clientele, including South Adams Schools and Caramel Clay Schools. One of the company’s clients, Avon Community School Corporation, partnered with Standard For Success for providing their teachers and administrators with a reliable and easy-to-use online evaluation tool. Upon implementation, Avon Corporation’s administrative team was beyond pleased with the professional evaluation software, which could also be used offline to see domain-wise summaries of the schools. Like Avon Community School Corporation, several clients find Standard For Success’ products to be less cumbersome. The company is also proactive on understanding the problems that could possibly evolve after the product implementation. “So we already built additional solutions for the client to address any unprecedented need quickly,” says Whitlock.
Going forward, Standard for Success plans to expand in the U.S. and internationally, leveraging its experience in the education domain. “We have evolved strategically in our concept and have grown at a controlled pace. Now we look to move ahead in the additional educational market and others, as our product can be used in various industries,” Whitlock winds up.