AMIDEAST will undertake a rigorous system of assessment in order to effectively document and share MSN’s successes and lessons learned. Stakeholder satisfaction is an important factor contributing to the efficacy of school improvement initiatives supporting student learning. Baseline school satisfaction surveys of principals, teachers, students, and parents will be conducted. This baseline data will be compared with data at the conclusion of the project in order to measure the effectiveness of school-driven initiatives.
Similar baseline data gathered from private school student summative assessments occur in English, math, science, and critical thinking. This annual data will be compared between years providing further evidence of improvement in learning outcomes. Public school students will participate in a formative assessment process using curriculum-embedded assessment of student performance with teams of teachers trained to develop, administer, and analyze common measures. Schools will be able to track learning outcomes over the course of the MSN Program, and, in conjunction with the School Improvement Planning process, set measurable goals and priorities for further improvement.
In addition to demonstrating student learning outcomes through baseline testing, the MSN Program will track organizational and institutional outcomes for schools. The Ramallah-based organization Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD), and a Palestinian team of academics will implement a mixed methods study of the 40 public schools that will measure basic attitudes and practices in the MSN public schools in terms of teaching practice and school effectiveness. An initial baseline study will occur in fall 2009, followed by a post-study in the spring of 2012 in order to assess the changes at the end of the project.
Finally, AMIDEAST conducts written evaluations utilizing both qualitative and quantitative indicators on all teacher and principal workshops in order to recalibrate elements of program delivery. Regular feedback from teachers, administrators and implementing partners is integral toward ensuring that the MSN program remains relevant to all stakeholders and results in meaningful change within the schools, as well as improved learning outcomes for the students.