At Eastview ALL students are scholars. What does that mean? How do
we measure success? (Read More…)
In a human organization, success has multiple measures. At Eastview High School, we strongly believe in accountability; for our educators, our students and as an organization. Action research plays a critical role in the decisions that we make, the data which we base our decisions and the processes and programs we perpetuate and initiate based on data.
As we measure scholarly success, we must first define the variables measured. Broad based qualitative measures can be used as well as finite quantitative measures to offer direction for our energy and resources, such as the Minnesota Department of Education’s measurement using MMR Scores.
Of course there are also the simple though important student feedback intangibles; it just feels good to be at school, I’m excited to learn, the teacher cares, I feel respected and valued…
US News & World Report, Newsweek and the Washington Post (2017) all recognize college readiness and schools who perform above what is statistically expected.
Eastview has been recognized consistently since the original ranking process was established in 2000. Most recently (April, 2017), US News & World Report and the Washington Post recognized Eastview as one of the top ten schools in Minnesota as well as in the top 3% nationally.
The ratings were implemented by the American Institutes for Research and are based primarily on the following evidence:
- Students performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state.
- School’s least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state.
- Schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students.
The publicity while appreciated, is simply one measure of success. Students, faculty, staff, parents (our learning community) should be proud that their cooperative efforts have paid quality dividends in creating a culture of scholars.
Again, in a human organization success is multi-dimensional. In the Eastview Strategic Plan and “On Our Journey to Extraordinary”, college readiness is important, though is a single aspect of a larger plan to assure continuous improvement and success in our mission of educational equity; ALL students reaching their FULL potential – raising achievement and closing the achievement gap.