parental involvement

parental involvement
1. What is the impact of parental involvement? Is it true that children of involved parents do better academically in this school district?
2. Using Criterion 1, are any teachers rated as good in one year but poor in the other? If so, does seem reasonable that a teacher’s ability changes from year to year? How can these rating changes be explained?
3. Using Criterion 1, does it appear that any teachers are classified incorrectly? In other words, are any teachers considered good when they actually are poor, or vice versa?
4. Is Criterion 1 a reasonable way to assess teacher ability? Why or why not?
5. Using Criterion 2, are any teachers rated as good in one year but poor in the other? If so, does seem reasonable that a teacher’s ability changes from year to year? How can these rating changes be explained?
6. Using Criterion 2, does it appear that any teachers are classified incorrectly? In other words, are any teachers considered good when they actually are poor, or vice versa?
7. Is Criterion 2 a reasonable way to assess teacher ability? Why or why not?
8. Based on the data, how would you describe the abilities of each teacher?
TASK 3: DOCUMENTING FINDINGS IN A MEMORANDUM
In this task, you write a memorandum in Microsoft Word that documents your findings. Your memo needs tables that show teacher ratings by the two criteria for each year. The format of the tables is shown in Figure 9; you will also need a table for Year 2.

Teacher Year1 Rating by Criterion 1 Year 1 Rating by Criterion 2
Smith
Jones
Casey
Figure 9 Format of table to include in memo

In your memo, observe the following requirements:
• Your memo should have proper headings, such as Date, To, From, and Subject. You can address the memo to the district superintendent.
• Briefly outline the situation. However, you need not provide much background — you can assume that readers are generally familiar with your task — but you need to show that you have understood the situation and what is required of you.
• In the body of the memo, briefly describe the model you created. Be sure to state the two accountability criteria. List the ratings given to the three teachers, and refer to the tables that summarize the ratings.
• List the answers to the eight questions using appropriate data to support them. Then state your opinion of measuring teacher accountability by standardized test scores. If the method has problems, how do you think the problems can be minimized?
• The memorandum should be between 1000 and 1500 words in length.
MARKING CRITERIA
The submitted and assessed part of this coursework is a business-style memorandum, rather than an academic essay. Thus, the marking criteria are different from those usually required for an academic essay. Your assignment will be assessed on the following criteria:
• Fulfilling the requirements of the brief
• Use of data/charts to support statements made
• Writing style
• Quality of presentation

I do not expect you to use in-text references nor to provide a bibliography/reference list at the end of the memorandum.
TO BE SUBMITTED
1. Your memorandum (printed copy and electronic submission via Moodle). It is this memorandum on which your mark will be based.
2. CD or USB stick which should contain your Excel spreadsheet file, and your Access database file (single copy only, do not submit these via JISC). These are submitted to prove that you have carried out the Access and Excel work yourself. They will only be reviewed if it is necessary to rule out plagiarism.
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