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Representative Work in Leadership

Development and Validation of the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning Survey
Client: U.S. Department of Education

Sometimes student achievement data are not enough to help leaders make critical decisions about how to improve their schools and benchmark improvement progress. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Learning Point Associates are developing an online,
360-degree formative assessment system that gives school leaders valid and reliable data on how well their organization’s leadership systems work. When fully developed, the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) will assist school leaders in answering the following questions:

  • How safe do teachers and community members feel in your school?
  • How useful is your teacher evaluation system for providing feedback to improve instruction?
  • Does everyone share the same vision for instruction and improvement?
  • Who are the formal and informal instructional leaders in my school?

The online system collects data from multiple constituents in a school community, helps leaders diagnose strengths and deficits in their school leadership systems, and connects leaders with colleagues to develop practical approaches to improving performance.

CALL is currently being designed and validated with input from school leaders in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. If you would like to be a part of the design process, contact Matthew Clifford (matthew.clifford@learningpt.org). After the online system is in place, researchers at the Wisconsin Center on Education Research will validate CALL against independent measures of school quality and student achievement.



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