School Improvement Assessment

Strengthen and improve your school! Measure your school's implementation of proven middle grades practices and get specific recommendations for improvement. The assessment is based on This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents, the definitive document that identifies the essential characteristics of successful middle grades schools and the characteristics of young adolescents. The assessment focuses on three important main areas:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Leadership and Organization
  • Culture and Community

Why do a school assessment?

  • It is critical for schools to assess in order to improve
  • Comprehensive checks of practices help you determine areas of strength and areas needing improvement
  • Assessment should be the basis for strategic planning and ongoing school improvement

Why choose the AMLE School Improvement Assessment?

  • It provides the data you want.
  • It helps provide you with direction for developing your school improvement and professional learning plans.
  • It refocuses the school community on characteristics that are important in educating 10- to 15-year-olds.

Who should use the School Improvement Assessment?

  • Individual schools
  • Multiple schools in a district
  • An entire school district

Let us provide more information:
Contact Dru Tomlin: dtomlin@amle.org or 800-528-6672

How It Works

AMLE provides an easy, online survey for your entire staff to complete at the comfort of their desks or homes. Just select one of our School Improvement Assessment plans, and follow these simple steps to get started:

  • Select the people on your staff to take the survey and send the list to AMLE.
  • Tell AMLE when you want the survey to open and close (we suggest a two-week window).
  • Your staff takes the survey.
  • AMLE collects and analyzes the data and sends you the results to review and share.

Select from the following options:

SIA Basic

Total cost:
$499.00

Details
SIA Plus

Total cost:
$699.00

Details
SIA Premium

Total cost:
Call for a quote.

Details
SIA Basic

What you get:

The full comprehensive report with:

  • Mean scores and standard deviations for all characteristics and exemplars based on the 16 Characteristics of an Effective Middle Grades School from This We Believe.
  • Specific commendations and recommendations,
  • Suggested action steps and
  • Related resources.
Total cost:
$499.00
 
SIA Plus

What you get:

The full comprehensive report with:

  • Mean scores and standard deviations for all characteristics and exemplars based on the 16 Characteristics of an Effective Middle Grades School from This We Believe.
  • Specific commendations and recommendations,
  • Suggested action steps and
  • Related resources.
  • Comparison of results… ($299 VALUE)

A complete PowerPoint presentation with:

  • Your school’s results—For you to review and then share with your staff, team, district, and/or community.

An in-depth conference with:

  • An AMLE expert who will explain the results and discuss next steps.
Total cost:
$699.00
 
SIA Premium

What you get:

The full comprehensive report with:

  • Mean scores and standard deviations for all characteristics and exemplars based on the 16 Characteristics of an Effective Middle Grades School from This We Believe.
  • Specific commendations and recommendations,
  • Suggested action steps and
  • Related resources.
  • Comparison of results… ($299 VALUE)

A complete PowerPoint presentation with:

  • Your school’s results—For you to review and share with your staff, team, district, and/or community.

An in-depth conference with:

  • An AMLE expert who will explain the results and discuss next steps.

An on-site consultation from an AMLE middle grades expert, who can do any of the following:

  • Conduct classroom observations and staff interviews.
  • Review the assessment with specific teams (i.e., leadership, grade level).
  • Provide professional learning based on your assessment results.
Total cost:
Call for a quote. Price will vary depending on number of days on-site and travel expenses
 

Contact Dru Tomlin for more information or to register your school or district: dtomlin@amle.org or 800-528-6672.

Results

What to expect from your School Improvement Assessment Report

Sample school report

The report will provide the results of the online assessment including

  • Overview of Results - Scores from your results will be reported as mean scores with standard deviations for each
  • Results by Characteristic - Using the 16 characteristics from AMLE's This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents.
  • Highest and lowest scoring characteristics in each area
  • Recommended actions for each area that needs improvement
  • Research and resources for school improvement - Using the data from your school's School Improvement Assessment, AMLE will provide comprehensive lists of research and resources we recommend to help with your school's continued success.

Ways to use your School Improvement Assessment Report

  • Advocate for your school’s needs and celebrate your school’s triumphs in your community and/or school
  • Assist your staff in implementing school-wide and individual professional learning plans
  • Communicate to your school board the need for additional resources that the Association for Middle Level Education can provide, such as
    • School visits and observations by a highly experienced middle level expert
    • Assistance using assessment results to develop a school improvement plan
    • Site-based workshops created to meet the needs of your school
    • Professional learning materials

Contact Us

Call today to discuss how the School Improvement Assessment can help your school and school district and involve families and the community in the process.

Dru Tomlin, Director of Middle Level Services
dtomlin@amle.org or 800-528-6672

Testimonials

"The information we receive through the School Improvement Assessment is very valuable as we look to measure our work to the Characteristics found in This We Believe. It is helpful to use research based measures to create an environment for the students that attend our school. The tool is very user friendly and easy to interpret when using the information. I would recommend this to other Middle Level Educators for the use in their school."

Chip Schuman
Mattawan, MS


"SIA has served Shiloh Middle School very well over the past year. After administering it in 2013, our Building Leadership Team used the data from the assessment to develop smart goals for the next school year. There is so much academic data out there for schools to use, but SIA offered feedback on how we were doing with practicing our middle level beliefs. Shiloh will continue to review our SIA data and look forward to administering the assessment again to look for growth."

Nick Discenza
Principal
Shiloh Middle School, OH


"We knew that we were doing some good things for kids, and the data showed this. But, it also pointed out where we had gotten off-track in addressing the needs of middle level learners. Not only did the results of the survey narrow our focus on the areas in need of improvement as outlined by the 16 characteristics of middle level schools, but specific suggestions were given to get back in the game of teaching the whole child. For us, that meant changing our culture and community to better support our students. We had gotten caught up in the details of the delivery of instruction without considering who we were teaching. Easily done. Today, we have implemented an advisory program that's building those needed relationships and support structures to help kids be successful. It's already working."

Dawn L. Grantham
Principal
Richards Middle School, Georgia


"The SIA proved to be a valuable tool as our institution strategically looked at our middle school program. The prepared results from the assessment provided a powerful visual tool that allowed me communicate to our Board of Directors the need for support in specific areas of our middle school program.”

Jason Seggern
Delaware Valley Friends School, PA