Effect Sizes as Evidence – The single most important pitfall to avoid

Despite widespread use of effect sizes across industries as a standardized measure of impact, effect size calculations remain one of the most incorrectly applied and misinterpreted statistics. An effect size is nothing more than a standardized comparison, or “effect” , that captures the difference between an average value and a meaningful comparison in the metric of standard deviation.

social and emotional learning

Measuring Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning is about understanding who students are, not what they know. It’s internalizing an awareness that our biological systems are wired so that our emotions and interests drive our attention and, ultimately, our progress toward goals.

For chief executives, prioritizing SEL is a strategic issue. Effective implementation of SEL policies starts with the school district developing a clear and compelling vision for SEL that defines tangible outcomes the organization is striving to achieve.

Tell Your Story by Defining Success

The ability to articulate and substantiate a compelling story of student success and school quality ultimately speaks to the return on investment that schools provide the communities they serve. School quality and student success are a matter of definition. For years, federal policy has controlled the definition of student success and school quality as predominately how students perform on state assessments. As educators, we know there are many additional outcomes that predict student success and align closer to the values of local communities. The story of local school districts is more comprehensive than what state report cards capture.

The state report card is only part of the story – unless the missing parts are never told. Absent the rest of the story, the incomplete story told via the state report cards becomes the full story. The idea is to provide communities the full story.

AASA Offers Free Strategic Dashboard to all Member School Districts

For years, AASA has been promoting the importance of telling your district’s story and broadening the definition of student success. Through our long-standing School Solutions partnership with the ECRA Group, we are excited to announce that we’re now providing complimentary strategic dashboards to all AASA-member school districts. ECRA is leading the way in supporting school districts with the data infrastructure and analytics needed to personalize and broaden the definition of success for students in later life.