Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) provides special education services and technical education to over 24,000 students across the Missouri district. With a sizable high-need population, significant activity volume, and in-home services for 97% of IEP students, SSD is committed to making sure each of its 2,700 educators is fully supported.
The above KASABs are straight from SSD’s new teacher induction steering document. As the district hires new educator talent, they focus on learning:
- Where recent hires are working
- What new staff retention looks like
- What professional development, mentoring and support new teachers are receiving
- How effective that support is
- What progress teachers are making
- Ultimately, how students of new teachers are learning and making gains
You can see, then, how KASAB shifts become extremely important barometers for long-term program success. By translating KASABs into key questions, SSD’s data specialists can clearly map them to the different short- and medium-term outcomes defined in the logic model. Educators, coaches, principals, and administrators are aligned and able to clearly define what changes they’re looking for during formative evaluation.
Throughout the process, the team can use the data to focus on what part of the goal actually needs work — whether it’s drilling down on content knowledge, creating implementation time, building up new teacher confidence or aligning attitudes.
Directly connecting this kind of qualitative understanding with the defined, quantitative goals of essential PD operations will help you gain a deeper clarity and insight into not just what the data actually says, but which levers or actions will drive its success.