To maximize results school districts must also implement a process of that
is grounded on continuous improvement. Most districts, including
Indicators of student achievement (results) and composite ratings are very important, but are not sufficient, for accountability. First, they may take more than one year to measure school progress and may, at times, not accurately provide sufficient summative evaluative information. A more complete system would conduct formative evaluations focused on Indicators of Quality. Visiting teams of respected (and trained) lead teachers, principals, administrators, and community representatives would visit schools and Small Learning Communities (SLCs) up to two times a year to measure key indicators of school quality.
Indicators of Quality reflect the processes and performance measures that are needed to achieve results. They provide direction to the schools and SLCs and provide a basis for formative evaluation, feedback and help. They typically are qualitative measures that include such things as: