Interview with Neuza Chaves and Izabela Murici, consultants at FALCONI
Educational Management: How can the results of assessments carried out on a large scale contribute to education?
Izabela Murici and Neuza Chaves: The results of exams carried out on a large scale provide valuable information of managers of schools and education networks. Through their analysis, it is possible to identify how students are learning the items under assessment and how they are evolving, as well as make comparisons in order to identify opportunities for improvement, define goals and actions directed at reverting results. For instance, it is possible to identify the subjects with which students have difficulty, what skills and abilities are not being well developed and need to be taken into account for creating education programs for these networks. Teachers can, for example, add to their class planning activities that are specifically devised for the contents identified. As for the education networks, they can created structured reinforcement activities in order to develop these skills and abilities. When verifying their position in the results ranking, schools and/or education networks can set challenges for themselves and mobilize all people involved in order to reach a new level. This must be carried out by using a specific method, so that this does not result in uncoordinated efforts that may take up a lot of time and resources, without actually achieving any goals.
In these assessments, what are the characteristics of a school with good results?
Izabela and Neuza: Based on our experience, good schools have good management. In general, these schools have clear definitions of where they want to go (goals), identify what is preventing them from achieving what they wish to achieve (causes of current result), motivate all people involved and commit themselves to carrying out improvement actions. We always identify that teams in these schools are disciplined in their implementation of the planning devised. Good results depend mostly on leaders who make it happen. These are leaders who can’t continuously improve results, train staff and motivate them. Good results are not obtained due to desires or campaigns. This is the result of hard, collective and permanent work. This means having a methods and leaders to make schools fulfill their role: teaching with quality in an environment of which everyone wishes to continually be a part.
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Interview published on 2/25/2015 by Gestão Educacional magazine.