The OECD Test for Schools report is over 150 pages long, and absorbing the information can be daunting. To get the most value out of the results report, successful schools begin by devoting adequate time to reviewing and understanding the results. They then engage in discussions about the results with their school staff and with peers outside their organizations. They ultimately develop focused, targeted action plans to address the most important improvement areas uncovered by the assessment.
Best Practices from GLN Schools:
1. Review results thoroughly. Successful school leaders set aside dedicated time to reviewing their results. They plan professional development sessions to help their staff understand and absorb the results, and begin to engage in discussions about next steps.
2. Foster discussion and collaboration among stakeholders. School leaders share school results broadly with teachers, high school staff, and feeder school staff. They organize working sessions to allow staff members to discuss the results, prioritize improvement areas, and plan next steps. They share the OECD Test for Schools questions with teachers, to show them examples of the types of questions students are asked to complete, and give them ideas for improving their own instructional methods.
3. Seek new ideas from high-performing school districts in the U.S. and internationally. Successful school leaders use the resources available in the OECD Test for Schools report, on the Global Learning Network website, and from other sources to learn best practices from high-performing schools. They network with local and international schools to share ideas, and apply the learnings to their own action plans.
4. Develop targeted improvement plans. With so much information available in the OECD Test for Schools reports, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Successful schools narrow their focus to one or two improvement areas. They develop thorough plans to address a few major issues, rather than trying to tackle everything at once.