School improvement is moving into the digital age, thanks to a comprehensive set of resources being delivered by the nation’s knowledge leader on education organizational quality. The AdvancED Adaptive System of School Improvement Support Tools (ASSIST) is a state-of-the-art system that allows schools to streamline and enhance their efforts to boost student achievement.
Continuous school improvement requires honest, self-assessment, along with thoughtful planning and careful attention to an array of legal and program requirements. Even then it’s easy to miss crucial details. Sometimes it seems as if more work goes into talking about improvement than actually moving to the next level of performance. At least, that’s the way it has always been. But everything is about to change.
Using AdvancED ASSIST, a school can gain a better understanding of its past successes and opportunities, and confidently build a solid, research-based improvement plan for the future. The ASSIST system offers valuable tools for compliance and implementation so schools can be certain no details fall through the cracks.
AdvancED ASSIST is designed to broaden and sharpen thinking about school improvement, performance, and accreditation. The many disparate requirements, duties, and functions of effective school leadership and compliance are brought together into a single, seamless tool that facilitates progressive thinking and dialogue about school quality. The system is packaged as a user-friendly online resource that collects and integrates a broad array of data to extend the world’s leading knowledgebase on K-12 organizational management and performance.
AdvancED ASSIST is firmly grounded in key principles. A broader, smarter school improvement process is critical. AdvancED ASSIST delivers all of the following benefits to streamline and maximize the school improvement process for school leaders:
- A single, integrated, dynamic “information architecture” to determine how improvement efforts are working at the local, state and national levels. AdvancED ASSIST provides enhanced utility, increased operational efficiency, performance analytics, and improved reporting/research capacity for analysts and policymakers alike.
- A system for fostering focused peer-to-peer conversations. School leaders and improvement teams must be able to quickly and easily find peers facing similar circumstances with whom they can learn and share.
- Global standards for organizational effectiveness (beyond measuring mere student achievement). As a true innovation in school improvement practices and capabilities, AdvancED ASSIST will help support a groundbreaking international dialogue about educational and institutional quality.
To learn more about ASSIST, contact your local state office.