School Improvement and Data Specialist

Philadelphia, PA, US
Jul 23, 2019
School Improvement and Data Specialist
The School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Central Office

Job Number: 4600184149

Start Date:

Open Date: 07/23/2019

Closing Date:

Job Summary
Provides direct support to Learning Networks and schools in School Improvement to meet requirements set forth in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation, as well as supporting overall school improvement planning in all schools in the District. Implements and provides day-to-day operational support for programs and activities in schools related to school improvement planning, focusing on the fidelity of implementation of the activities set forth in the school plan. Supports the efforts of schools, and Learning Networks to effectively use information from the District and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) data systems in order to improve instruction in classrooms leading to increased achievement on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for grades 3-8 and/ or PA Keystone Exams for grades 9-12. Provides training and support to leadership teams, school advisory councils, Parent Ombudsmen, Student Advisors, and other Learning Network staff to ensure effective implementation of the school plan and its compliance to Title 1 and PDE requirements.
Essential Functions
  • Provides intensive support to schools on the Action Planning process, including revising of plans as well as assisting schools in the consistent monitoring of plan activities.
  • Ensures that school instructional leadership and improvement teams are informed of current PDE and District Action Planning procedures and reporting requirements.
  • Facilitates the ongoing analysis of state and local assessment data as it relates to the school, individual student achievement and improvement of instruction.
  • Reviews assessment data with teachers, individually and with departments, grade levels, or instructional teams.
  • Ensures that Learning Network leaders and school staff have a clear understanding of the appropriate use of student achievement data.
  • Assists schools in becoming proficient in using PDE's on-line, interactive data tools to support the development of the Action Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Provides information to the leadership teams on school performance using SchoolNet, PVAAS and eMetric and other information management systems.
  • Acts as a liaison between the schools and Learning Networks to lead school faculties in gathering and analyzing of high stakes state and locally relevant data to facilitate decision-making at the school.
  • Participates in the coordination of professional development on Action Planning procedures to school and district staff.
  • Works with other central offices to develop, design and deliver professional development activities to improve instruction by more effective use of student performance data.
  • Collaborates with other central offices to develop, and design and deliver professional development activities to improve instruction through more effective use of student performance data.
Minimum Requirements
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Five years of full-time, paid, professional educational experience with documented expertise in the area of school planning and data review and interpretation, three of which have included working with school utilization state data tools.
NOTE: Employees who apply for this position must commit to serving in this capacity for a minimum 24-month period.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of PA Academic Content Standards, PSSA & Keystone Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content, PDE's Standards Aligned System (SAS) and Philadelphia Core Curriculum.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in assessment (interpreting and applying classroom-based and system-wide data to drive student achievement) that includes familiarity with PDE data tools such as Emetric and PVAAS and District tools such as SchoolNet.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the State's School Improvement Planning (SIP) process, with a clear understanding of PDE's school plan formats.
  • Demonstrated ability to use computer applications including Excel, Power Point and Microsoft Word.
  • An ability and curiosity to learn more about assessment data and how this data may be used at the regional and school level to both monitor and improve instruction.
  • Ability to make effective presentations to regional and school staffs on SIP, use of data tools, and the effective use of data to better target instruction.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships.
Demonstrated knowledge of:
  • descriptive and inferential data analysis.
  • utilizing and triangulate data sets.
  • Powerpoint, InDesign and/or other design software.

Demonstrate ability to:
  • work cross-functionally to ensure that all District-held data are accurate, complete, understandable, and accessible to relevant stakeholder groups.
  • work with a sense of urgency.
  • exhibit tactfulness and respect towards all colleagues.
  • be optimistic and entrepreneurial.
  • solve problems, anticipate issues and troubleshoots with good judgment and critical thinking.
  • be detail oriented and hold self and others accountable to a high standard of quality assurance.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Additional Job Information: This is a 12-month, non-represented position. The salary grade for this role is 4028.

Interviews may be conducted to determine how well a candidate meets the established criteria. Note that not all qualified candidates may be selected for an interview. Additional factors including the ability to follow directions, punctuality and professional conduct will be considered in part of the evaluation process. The selected candidate must have no anecdotal record on file and have not been subject to any disciplinary action within the past eighteen (18) months, and have an excellent record of attendance and punctuality during the last three (3) years (defined as no more than eighteen (18) occasions of lateness or absence for personal illness in the last three years (3) years with the exception of one extended long-term absence.

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