Student Outcomes
Chapter: Prioritizing Student Actions To Track Progress On

Relevant, Vision Aligned & Feasible

We now have a set of student outcome themes aligned to a collectively, contextualized vision, we have specific student outcomes under those themes for us to be able to observe and feel confident about being on the path towards the vision. But we can also see that in the process of wanting the best for our students, we now have a set of student outcomes so large, that it might be difficult to both focus in practice as well as track progress against.

We are not saying that after all this work; you need to simply need to eliminate a whole bunch of outcomes. What we are definitely saying is that it is important to:

  • prioritize which of these you want to pursue
  • identify if certain outcomes can be used as a proxy for others
  • appreciate that not all outcomes are easy to track progress on or measure

The process of prioritization can come about through a possible set of questions:

  • What do the students and the communities hold dearest in their vision? For example, if the students and the community values employability the most then you need to choose outcomes that you believe will best lead to jobs in your context. It could academics + communication + collaboration + creativity and growth mindset (indicative and not necessarily true in your context)

 

  • How can I aggregate these outcomes in a way that give me a holistic picture of my students’ potential? You could use the frameworks suggested previously to organize your thinking to ensure that you aren’t missing out any key theme.

 

  • Which of these outcomes are bets my organization is making in light of context and which of these are universal with science backing them as predictors for ‘success’ in later life?

 

There is no set number to say how many specific student outcomes are too less or too many to accurately capture what we are setting out to. What is important is that there aren’t too many duplicative outcomes that diffuse the focus of the training and support we offer to our teachers as well as our organization priorities.

 

Let us try this as a practice exercise with the below given vision of Anseye Por Haiti.

vision-alignment-1

 

You can read more about Haiti’s vision and their student outcomes here. Notice how the outcomes flow directly from the vision and give an indication of what needs to be possible in our classrooms today to be able to get to the vision say 20 years from now.


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