A measurement plan can be customized to meet the objectives and vision of your school. You can consult with your 7 Mindsets Account Manager to develop the best strategy to meet your needs. Historically, schools have executed a number of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to measure the impact of the 7 Mindsets solution.
Quantitative Tools - Quantitative measurement processes utilize existing data captured through Student Information Systems and other core district and school databases.
- Academic Achievement - The program can have an impact on student academic performance including grades and standardized test scores.
- Behavior - Programs executed with fidelity drive a reduction in office referrals, in school and out of school suspensions, as well as expulsions.
- Attendance - Effectively transforming the climate and culture of your school through Social and Emotional learning, among other factors, will improve attendance numbers.
- Teacher Retention - A well-executed program will improve teacher working conditions, overall satisfaction, and overall retention of good teachers.
Qualitative Tools - Qualitative tools use theoretically validated assessment instruments, as well as some district or state-based tools to measure targeted areas of program impact. There are a multitude of tools available. Customers should work to identify the best tools available to meet their needs. We have utilized a number of tools in the past that you may want to consider.
- Cultural and Climate Assessment Tools - There are a number of tools available allowing for the measurement of your school culture. Panorama is one example of many (https://www.panoramaed.com/school-climate-survey). Additionally, many states and districts have developed their own tools to measure the climate and educational conditions of their schools. The 7 Mindsets team recommends using a strategy for measuring school culture and climate, as it is the foundation for lasting positive change.
- Teacher Satisfaction Surveys - Most school systems have tools to effectively measure teacher and parent satisfaction. These can be invaluable in measuring this leading indicator on school climate and culture.
- Grit Scale Assessment - Developed by Angela Lee Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania, the Duckworth Lab focuses on two traits that predict success in life: grit and self-control. Grit is the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals. Self-control is the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses in the presence of momentarily gratifying temptations or diversions. Details below.
- Life Orientation Test - The Life Orientation Test (LOT) was developed to assess individual differences in generalized optimism versus pessimism. This measure and its successor, the LOT-R, have been used in a good deal of research on the behavioral, affective, and health consequences of this personality variable.
- Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents – A Profile of Personal Strengths (RSCA) developed by Sandra Prince-Embury, PhD, and published by Pearson, the Resiliency Scales for Children & Adolescents™ measures the personal attributes of the child that are critical for resiliency. The scales are composed of three stand-alone global scales of 20-24 questions each and ten sub-scales:
- Sense of Mastery Scale: optimism, self-efficacy, adaptability
- Sense of Relatedness Scale: trust, support, comfort, tolerance
- Emotional Reactivity Scale: sensitivity, recovery, impairment