Salem Christian School is continually pursuing excellence. We know we have areas in which to grow. Research shows that a flourishing school has a firm understanding of its success and the ability to measure the success and short comings. The question is how do we do this? We must have goals and desired outcomes for the teaching and learning at SCS. Then, we must determine the paths that take us toward these goals. Finally, we need to determine what success is and how do we determine if we have succeeded.
This requires us to use the data at hand to guide us in better serving the students we have the privilege of teaching. We need to use the data to make wise decisions on how to best use the resources. Considering our resistance to state and federal data mining efforts, Common Core, and other public school methods, we need to determine how we are going to make wise decisions based on our data at hand.
Data-driven decision making is widely accepted today as a necessary element of a flourishing school. Spurred by the movement toward standards and accountability in every state, educational systems today are under much greater pressure than ever before to produce measurable results. All across the United States, results in student achievement are driving responses by teachers and principals. Educators are realizing that failure to make changes that improve student achievement as measured by specific, external measures of performance is unacceptable. The ability to make quality decisions based on local data is important for the future of our school. This is why the faculty at SCS is working towards better using the interviews, questionnaires, Terra Novas, newly added PSAT’s and SAT data to drive us forward to a brighter future for all of our students.