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School Management Effectiveness
August 19, 2009 - 1:30 p.m.

Presenters: Patrick Collins, USAID Office of Education
Luis Crouch, RTI International
Amy Mulcahy Dunn, RTI International
Audrey Schuh Moore, Academy for Educational Development (AED)
Lela Jakolevska, USAID Macedonia
Ivica Vasev, USAID Macedonia
Claire Spence, USAID Jamaica

Education effectiveness studies indicate that school management influences performance. This session discussed the current tools being used to assess school management. Data from the application of these tools were presented, and the implications of the findings were discussed. This was enriched by the presentation of country case studies of management improvement projects in Jamaica and Macedonia.

Patrick Collins of USAID Office of Education provided an introduction to the topic. He noted that while there are inefficiencies in school management, a number of tools are being used to make improvements in this area. Luis Crouch, from RTI International, provided a motivational vision for why school management matters. He presented data that suggest that the poor suffer the most from the lack of effective school management, which affects performance. Crouch also presented USAID’s Snapshot of School Management Effectiveness (SSME) tool, developed under contract by RTI, which was designed to assess school management. The tool was piloted in Peru and Jamaica. Crouch emphasized that these types of tools can help flag issues that need immediate attention at the school level. They are also useful in identifying effective behaviors and practices that can be reinforced.

Audrey Schuh Moore of AED discussed the results of a study focused on opportunities to learn in school. Conducted in Guatemala, Ethiopia and Nepal, it used another management measurement tool, the Stallings Observation Instrument. Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) and CAP were used to evaluate student learning in reading. The study found that time available in class and what is done with this time influence student learning.

Country-level management improvement projects were then presented by Ivica Vasev and Lela Jakolevska of USAID Macedonia. They discussed three interventions the Mission is supporting to improve school management in the country: the School Directors’ Certification Program; the School Boards Strengthening Program; and the Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) for the State Education Inspectorate. Claire Spence of USAID Jamaica discussed the results of USAID’s SSME school management pilot study in Jamaica.

Key take away points included how the initiatives the presenters described illustrate there are tools being used to assess and improve school management, feeding crucial data that can inform decision making and improvement plans at the school level. While the tools presented would require adaptation in order to be used in other country contexts, it is important to make sure that these types of tools are used to help teachers and schools.

To view the presentations, please click on link below:
AED, Shuh Moore : Open
RTI, Crouch : Open
USAID Jamaica, Spence : Open
USAID Macedonia, Jakolerska : Open

For questions related to the 2009 Education Workshop,
please contact Rebekah Levi at rlevi@jbsinternational.com