School Evaluation using Maturity Benchmarks

The examination of a school’s technology use can be very complicated, especially in a world in which technological innovation happen at a rapid pace.  To this end, the use of a series of benchmarks can be quite useful to help determine where a school is and, potentially, help the school determine what needs need to be addressed to move the school forward productively.  The attached document (SchoolEvaluation_FreerJ ) is the evaluation of the “Holmquist” school (fictional name, real school).  Completing this evaluation was a great way for me to get a sense of where the school is strong (providing technology, administrative support) and where there are weaknesses (teacher support and development, best uses of technology).  While it was a personally enlightening assignment, I did feel that such an evaluation must also be done on a school-wide basis.  The evaluation is only truly meaningful if it takes into account the full range of opinions.  Even as I marked the school low for one area, I knew colleagues would disagree simply because they had different individual experiences.  A good way to complete the evaluation might be to break it into sections that are provided to different sectors of the school.  The results could then be averaged and analyzed to give the school the best true marks in each category.

In terms of how the assignment fits the AECT standards, I found correlation to the following:

4.1 Project Management- Project management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling instructional design and development projects.

5.3 Formative and Summative Evaluation- Formative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information as a basis for further development. Summative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information to make decisions about utilization.

5.4 Long-Range Planning- Long-range planning that focuses on the organization as a whole is strategic planning….Long-range is usually defined as a future period of about three to five years or longer. During strategic planning, managers are trying to decide in the present what must be done to ensure organizational success in the future.

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