Software for evaluating teachers and student performance has been constantly developing for many years. Pen and paper methods, which a few schools no doubt still use, have become cumbersome, undependable and costly (…especially in terms of records management).
But to truly capture accurate, actionable results, school administrators were still falling short in ensuring teachers were properly evaluated.
That is until 2006 when the Ascend teacher performance management software was developed to meet the needs of more than 100 schools in South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas. Today, over 300 schools in 14 states are using this web-based system to evaluate teachers and develop solutions for future student success.
The Ascend tool by Innovative Architects includes three modules that help ensure proper teacher evaluation and records management – Performance Management, Pay for Performance and Harmony Data
One of the key features of the Ascend tool is that it is web-based – records are easily accessible in real-time. Rubric-based performance models allow for easily customizable reports that decision makers can act on. These rubrics are broken down into easily understandable domains that include common performance indicators.
Performance indicators include common 1 to 5 or not proficient to exceed proficiency scale. (Performance Manager)
Incorporating these kinds of standards into evaluating teachers can allow easy calculation of bonuses, salary and payouts based on metrics, or rubrics, of each individual school’s choosing. (Pay for Performance)
Besides being customizable, Innovative Architects’ Ascend teacher performance management tool allows for the automation of many processes. Easily get feedback and quickly provide action plans to teachers.
Over time, data gets separated and distributed across the entire organization but with the Ascend tool (Harmony Data), users can easily match and view data across the entire organization with no restrictive data changes required.
As demand for more meticulous record keeping continues to climb, tools like Ascend teacher management software from Innovative Architects will be a tremendous help to schools trying to comply with government regulations and the needs of students.