Assessing Student Orientation to School to Address Low Achievement and Dropping Out

  • Anna Nadirova Practical Data Solutions
  • John Michael Burger Rocky View Schools
Keywords: student engagement, non-cognitive assessment, student achievement, high school completion, data-informed decision-making, Mots clés, implication des élèves, évaluation non cognitive, rendement des élèves, achèvement des études secondaires, prise de décis

Abstract

This study contributes to applied and theoretical research for schools and districts by helping inform programs and policies directed at school improvement, raising student achievement, and high school completion. The paper features recent results of ongoing research on student orientation to school that was assessed via a multi-dimensional Student Orientation to School Questionnaire (SOS-Q). The SOS-Q was initially used by a Canadian school district to better understand the reasons for dropping out of school. Since then the project has grown into a multi-organizational collaboration. This study demonstrates persistent associations between student orientation to school, academic achievement, and high school completion and makes the case for integrating valuable non-cognitive components within comprehensive student information and assessment systems.

Cette étude contribue à la recherche appliquée et théorique portant sur les écoles et les districts scolaires dans la mesure où elle pourra servir à étayer les programmes et les politiques visant l’amélioration des écoles, le rehaussement du rendement par les élèves et l’achèvement des études secondaires. Cet article présente les résultats récents d’une recherche en cours sur l’adaptation scolaire évaluée par le biais d’un questionnaire pluridimensionnel. Le questionnaire a d’abord servi d’outil pour un district scolaire canadien qui cherchait à mieux comprendre les raisons du décrochage scolaire. Depuis, le projet s’est transformé en collaboration impliquant plusieurs organisations. Cette étude révèle des associations systématiques entre l’adaptation des élèves à l’école, le rendement académique et l’achèvement des études secondaires. Elle milite en faveur de l’intégration de composantes non cognitives importantes au sein des systèmes scolaires d’information et d’évaluation.

Author Biographies

Anna Nadirova, Practical Data Solutions

Dr. Anna Nadirova (Director, Practical Data Solutions), has extensive experience in conducting research and evaluation in provincial government and school district settings.  She has a broad spectrum of research and analytic pursuits, including research methodology, evidence-driven decision-making for leadership and programming, and holistic approaches to evaluating the factors related to student academic outcomes.

 

John Michael Burger, Rocky View Schools

Dr. John Burger is Director of Schools, Research and Data Analytics with the Rocky View Schools in Alberta, Canada.  John’s interests in Rocky View focus extensively on design and implementation of a student information system supportive of enhanced educational leadership, improved supports for students, and Rocky View’s evolution as a research organization.

Published
2015-04-07
Section
ARTICLES