Analyse and decide
Tātari ka whakatau
At this phase of the process, the key objective is to decide on your achievement challenges and develop a plan on how the community will address them. Developing the achievement challenges plan enables you to clarify exactly what it is that you are wanting to achieve and how you are going to do so.
Identifying achievement challenges will involve community consultation gathering, collating, analysing and sharing student achievement data from across the community to identify trends and target students. Once your achievement challenges have been developed the next step will be to understand why they have arisen. Once you understand this you can develop a plan to mobilise key actions and resources. Again, it is important that time is spent developing this, as this is your action plan to guide the implementation of the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako programme. Remember to focus on things that the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako can achieve through collaboration. The indicator of success will be to achieve more effective results as a Community than each school could achieve on its own. It is important that boards are well informed during this process as each board will be asked to approve any resource allocation and incorporate the achievement challenges into its own strategic goals.
Expected Outcomes: Achievement challenges and achievement challenges plan are developed for the MoU
Frequently asked questions
What is an achievement challenge?
Achievement challenges are agreed goals for raising student achievement across the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. They will be set following consultation with all members of the community including those that are not state or state integrated schools e.g. ECE or tertiary education providers.
Consideration should be given to:
- Input into the development of the goal/s to ensure ownership of board members, teachers I kaiako, parents and whānau and students I ākonga
- Whether the goal/s is relevant to and easily understood by parents
- Do students understand the purpose and nature of the goal/s?
- Can the goal/s be monitored, measured and evaluated?
How do we identify an achievement challenge?
Once your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako has approval the MOE will provide Public Achievement Information (PAI) analysis and the ERO will provide a report across the member schools. At this stage, it is important for your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako to allocate time for the leadership or stewardship group to discuss and scrutinise the student achievement information.
Communities of Learning identify achievement challenges that are a priority for their community. Achievement challenges should be common to all or most of the schools within a community but may be apparent in different ways in different schools, along the learning pathway. Most Communities of Learning identify 3–5 challenges to address. The following questions may be helpful starters.
- What is our vision of success for our students?
- What are the common challenges across our Community of Learning?
- What do we know about possible reasons for these challenges and how do we know?
- What support will be needed and what resources are available to help?
Understanding links and reasons for the challenges will help define your achievement challenges and set out your goals and objectives towards addressing them.
When a Community of Learning begins to address its first challenge, it will also be learning how to work together. This will include finding deliberate ways of building collaboration as well as developing systems and processes to make it all work. The new Community of Learning should consider which challenges would be helpful in building confidence and support while creating effective working practices.
What is an achievement plan?
Once your Community of learning I Kāhui Ako has approved achievement challenges in place, a plan will need to be developed to guide the use of individual and collective resources in order to achieve the agreed objectives and goals. The plan will also indicate how the Community of learning I Kāhui Ako intends to monitor and evaluate progress.
This plan needs to cover:
- what you will do
- how resources will be assigned
- how progress will be measured
- when progress will be measured.
What type of evidence can we gather to evaluate our progress?
The Ministry of Education has developed a basket of evidence which Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako can draw on to identify their objectives and assess their progress. Schools collect a considerable amount of evidence about students’ progress and achievement in relation to the national curriculum. It is expected that a Community of Learning would use some of this existing evidence as part of its inquiry to determine the impact of its actions and to measure progress towards shared objectives.
What support is available to help us?
The MOE will support schools with external support. This could be from a Lead Advisor, Expert Partner, Change Manager and or Student Achievement Function (SAF).
Are there examples of how other Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako have developed their Achievement Challenges?
Examples of endorsed achievement challenges.