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Avalon Charter School - Different and Innovative Forms of Measuring Outcomes

Project-Based Learning offers students an opportunity to demonstrate their subject mastery through on-going, long-term projects culminating in a community-wide presentation of their findings.

In order to support students in this way, the teachers at Avalon develop and maintain a strong interdependent community with each other, students, and students’ families.

As a result, and because the teachers have taken a true administrative ownership to the school, measuring teacher effectiveness takes on many steps each academic year.

First, 360-degree evaluations are completed by the teacher’s colleagues, advisees, and the families of their advisees. The 360-degree evaluations provided teachers with the opportunity to quickly adapt their teaching styles and priorities to meet the individual needs of each of their advisees.

Second, the school can “boast a 95%-100% retention rate,” which further supports the teachers ability to adapt what isn’t work quickly, in favor of what is working.