Dynamic Standards and Quality Reporting?

We have been trying to use this blogging platform to fulfil our statutory obligation to complete our Standards and Quality Report on education in East Lothian.

The reasons for exploring this format were threefold: improve accessibility to the report; cut down on environmental impact of producing a ‘glossy’ report; enable people to interact with the report.

However, another reason has emerged which wasn’t so obvious when starting out. Each year authorities and schools enter into the “reporting season” where they gather together evidence and spend a significant amount of time into pulling together the report. Yet there is an alternative!

What if the report became a dynamic document capable of being updated on an on-going basis? For example, an authority might only be able to award a level of performance for a quality indicator as being “good” but find that after a particular survey that it has gone up to being “very good”. Rather than waiting for the time for writing up the report the level of performance could be changed immediately.  In this way the report is accurately reflecting reality in ‘real-time’.

The on-line reporting format allows that level of responsiveness. It also turns the theory of on-going evaluation into a practice. 

As an after-thought – this format also has potential for pupil reporting where parents and pupils have “real time” access to progress. I know GLOW will be picking up on this but as a teacher I would have liked to have been able to enter pupils’ marks into a data base and for the marks and comments to be automatically transferred to the pupils’ on-line record. All instead of staying up to 3.00am completing reports!!

3 thoughts on “Dynamic Standards and Quality Reporting?

  1. As you know, I’ve ridden this real-time hobby horse before, for example in my comment on your Educational Entrpreneurs post, which you followed up on here.

    One thing to watch here, though, is the risk of using ICT to computerise what we already do (create a Standards and Quality Report) when ICT may enable new ways of working that could improve quality.

    Clearly here the report is a “given” which needs to be produced for statutory reasons.

    Beyond that, though, it might be worth taking time to think through the ways in which we could potentially use the information in the report to improve quality. We might find, for example, that there’s information buried in the report which could inform actions or decisions if easily available to the right people, in the right way, at the right time. Once it’s in electronic form, those possibilities start to emerge.

  2. Glow might pick up on the continual feedback loop idea but it does so through a thing called the “Mark Book”. Hardly assessment for learning, really 😉 The idea of continual reporting and adjusting is a good one except for that wonderful human quality/downfall: retrospect. Its success would depend on the medium: the blog, which forces you to think about where you’ve come from in the most explicit way, or the wiki, which presents the here and now picture but whose history and journey is slightly more hidden in the pages’ history.

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