FASTe is the Answer
FASTe (Formative Action System for Teacher Effectiveness) incorporates a comprehensive Dashboard and Analytic platform that supports teachers and leaders on a continuous “formative” basis with actionable information. As a result, the adults responsible for educating our youth have continuous access to the impact their instruction has had and is having on student learning as well as the instructional strategies and programs that are impacting learning.Based on this information, they are connected via FASTe to differentiated resources relevant to their needs and the needs of their students. FASTe is implemented via a proven framework supported by guiding questions and a PLC process that ensures teachers and leaders have the information and resources they need to have the biggest impact on student learning.
Baseline: Conducted prior to the beginning of the school year, the Baseline module includes a district-wide self-assessment that guides teachers, school leaders and administrators to make the most practical decisions and connect to the most relevant resources in order to improve instruction and learning.
Formative Instructional Cycles: During each instructional cycle, educators have access to formative data and differentiated resources. Within each cycle, student assessment, teacher PD outcomes, observational outcomes and other metrics are collected and correlated to illustrate the relative impact all activities are having on instruction and learning.
Evaluation of Impact: FASTe combines state mandated measures and calculations with the unique measures used by local systems for teacher effectiveness. This module offers the flexibility any local school system needs to configure evaluation metrics that align with local policy.
FASTe connects all of the dots relevant to teaching and learning. As more and more data are collected and synthesized, FASTe will become the de-facto “Action Research Platform” used by local school systems that seek the most effective teaching and learning environment possible.
"Performance Matters has transformed our school system into an aligned, high performing, balanced organization where instructional decisions are made by using data."
Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent, St Mary's County Public Schools