Battelle for Kids is collecting nearly 40 participating Ohio SOAR* districts' student data. This individual student data is then linked to individual student teachers and principals in a data collection, reporting, research and communication program called T-CAP. Monroe has been a SOAR* Schools since 2007. This past spring Monroe Local Schools became a T-CAP district too.
According to Superintendent Libbie Lolli, Monroe Local schools was invited to participate in the program. She went on to say, "We have just now become a TCAP (Teachers connecting achievement and progress). We will have information next year on the TCAP. It will be in the form of individual results so we cannot share those, but we can share a combined report once we do it."
Bobby Moore, Ed.D., Principal, Jonathan Alder Local School District has this to say about T-CAP, "In a Professional Learning Community, authentic professional development begins with teachers examining and dialoging about student learning and data. T-CAP provides teachers and principals with another level of data that provides opportunities for dialogue, reflection, goal setting and continuous improvement."
Summary of Benefits for the Monroe Local Schools 'T-CAP' District
T-CAP's goals are to improve teacher effectiveness and accelerate student growth. SOAR districts that participate in T-CAP:
1. Receive diagnostic, individual teacher-level value-added information 2. Identify what teachers are doing or where they need support to improve student performance 3. Participate in specialized, action-oriented professional development 4. Collaborate and share best practices with other Ohio educators 5. Participate in cutting-edge research to understand and share information about effective practices 6. Change the conversation from "teacher quality" to "teaching effectiveness"
*About Soar SOAR is a statewide school improvement collaborative comprised of Ohio school districts committed to using comprehensive value-added analysis to improve teaching and accelerate progress for all students.
One of the country's largest value-added initiatives, SOAR is a centerpiece of successful education reform on behalf of students. Participating districts receive an array of benefits, including professional development and tools to support their school improvement efforts.
SOAR districts also serve as Battelle for Kids' "learning laboratory" to discover new ways to use value-added information for school improvement purposes, create innovative tools and conduct cutting-edge research.