The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

2605 - RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

The Superintendent shall develop systematic and specific administrative procedures for conducting research and program evaluations. The design of these studies shall include:

 A.clear statements of expectations and purposes for each program with specifications of how successful achievement will be determined.

 B.provisions for staff, resources, and support necessary to achieve each program's purposes.

 C.evaluation of each program to assess the extent to which each program's purposes and objectives are being achieved.

 D.recommendations for revisions and modifications needed to fulfill expectations and purposes.

The Superintendent shall maintain a schedule of assessment activities and program evaluations and periodically report to the School Board. Findings of the assessment program will be used to evaluate the progress of students and:

 A.the effectiveness of the curriculum;

 B.the effectiveness of the school/delivery system.

The Superintendent shall annually recommend improvements in the educational program based on District evaluation.

The Board may employ experts from outside the School District to serve in the evaluation process.

The Board will annually make student achievement reports publicly available.

The Superintendent shall maintain a systematic accountability plan for all schools. The plan shall annually evaluate each school on performance indicators. These indicators shall include student performance outcomes and other areas designated by the Superintendent.

Assessment, Research, and Data Analysis

 A.Assessment, Research, and Data Analysis (ARDA) engages in a variety of specialized activities related to Districtwide student assessment, institutional research and analysis, and evaluative support. ARDA annually develops and implements a local assessment system for students and educational programs as necessary. The implementation of the local assessment system will facilitate the evaluation of: 1) students, individually and in groups; 2) the instructional program; and 3) program support services and materials.

 B.ARDA will establish and provide an annual calendar of local, State, and national assessment programs, administration dates, and target populations, as well as establish and implement a schedule of activities and procedures relative to each assessment program.

 C.Assessment and research results will be reported to school, region, and District administrators and others having a need for such information.

School Responsibilities

 A.The principal is responsible for the proper administration and use of assessment activities in his/her school. Certain aspects of this responsibility may be delegated to a staff member who, as test chairperson, will coordinate assessment activities within the school.

 B.The school may elect to engage in assessment activities in addition to those which are part of the required assessment program. ARDA will provide assistance to principals, resources permitting, when additional assessment and analysis activities are implemented by the school.

 C.Schools must adhere to the test administration and security standards, guidelines, and procedures established by ARDA to ensure the integrity of the testing process and the accuracy and validity of all test scores. The standards and procedures are in the document Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Standards, Guidelines, and Procedures for Test Administration and Test Security. These standards apply to all personnel involved with any aspect of the testing process and are in effect for school, District, and State testing programs.

Research Review Committee

All requests to conduct testing or other research from persons or organizations outside the school system shall be submitted for approval to the Research Review Committee (RRC) of the Office of Program Evaluation. The RRC is responsible for determining the acceptability of the request in terms of the proposal's technical competence, lack of duplication of other ongoing research, significance to the District, and compatibility of its use of resources with potential benefits to the District. However, the principal of the individual school may decide if committee-approved outside research will be conducted within his/her school.

The RRC is also responsible for facilitating and monitoring research from within the school system, assuring appropriate placement of projects, encouraging university and school system collaboration on appropriate research activities, and ensuring that no student is denied equal educational opportunity as a result of research activities.

A system of evaluating educational programs shall be established and maintained to accomplish the following three (3) major purposes:

 A.provide the information about program effectiveness and cost that is necessary for determining how effectively resources are being employed to accomplish specific educational purposes.

 B.provide administrators, teachers, counselors, and other appropriate personnel with information enabling them to modify, eliminate, or add programs on the basis of program effectiveness in serving student needs, and that will help them to counsel individual students and parents more effectively.

 C.provide an annual assessment for dissemination to the public which shall include achievement data in the basic skills areas of reading and mathematics for each school in the system, a socio-economic profile of the area served by the school, and other information necessary for interpretation of the data presented.

F.S. 1008.34, 1008.345