Implementation of SMF SESQ requires a team of certified experts appointed by SMF to assess the process areas through collection of evidence, interactions and observations. The methodology allows involvement of school side assessors and/or peer assessors along with SMF’s certified expert assessors. School stakeholders can evaluate their own processes through a set of structured questionnaires administered to school-side assessors.
SMF SESQ also assesses the extent of compliance of the school with the standards laid down under the RTE Act, 2009. Additionally, a satisfaction survey on school parameters can be administered to all stakeholders through structured questionnaires.
Expert assessment data is analyzed by a purpose-designed software and a detailed report is presented on existing quality levels and recommendations for prioritizing areas for improvement with appropriate action points.
SMF SESQ: A MULTI-LEVEL REPORTING SYSTEM
To enable a constructive engagement among all stakeholders, SMF SESQ generates multiple reports:
School report: The school-level report gives a comprehensive picture of the school’s performance in the process areas of governance, administration, leadership and teaching learning. The report also highlights prioritized indicators for improvement.
The main report is supplemented with a roadmap containing action points that are drawn out for each stakeholder group at the school level – from the SMC/management and the school head to the teachers.
These action points are derived from the priority areas that are revealed once the main report is generated. These action points can be implemented by school level stakeholders without any kind of intervention by higher authorities.
Thus, the school report, with its improvement guidelines, sets up a self-sustainable monitoring and tracking mechanism within a school system striving for continual quality improvement.
- District/block/cluster report: This report is made available to the authorities at the district level – the District Education Officer/Block officer/Cluster officer and/or the local governing bodies like the School Board.
- The report highlights the performance of the whole district and the respective jurisdictions in the field of school education. The report gives authorities an ‘at a glance’ cumulative and comparative status summary of schools. It highlights the level of quality compliance of all the schools assessed. It also aims to expedite decision-making in areas like allocation of funds in a timely manner to every school, capacity-building measures like development of school leadership and teacher training, mentoring, and monitoring the availability of material and human resources.
- State/Nodal authority report: The state-level report provides state authorities with a comparative analysis of the performance of every district within the state in the area of quality school education. The report will help state authorities draw up suitable plans to mobilize resources for ensuring better productivity at the district level, facilitate policy refinements and prioritize developmental guidelines, decisions and required funds.
TECHNOLOGY ENABLED DESIGN:
SMF SESQ is an intricate tool created to gain objective insights into the process maturity and compliance levels of all kinds of schools. Schools are assessed on various parameters and indicators, which have varying importance in the school system. Grades for process compliance and assessment are calculated using a cumulative grade point averaging system, by assigning weights hierarchically to all assessment framework components and also to assessor types and assessment levels,according to the requirement.
SMF SESQ incorporates fully functional and tested software designed to accommodate this complexity of scale and depth. The software is robust, flexible and user-friendly.
The SMF SESQ software generates in-depth reports in a reader-friendly format. Backed by an easy-to-use data entry interface, the software generates a detailed, completely automated school report. It ensures high accuracy and reliability with the least possibility of erroneous data.
The SMF SESQ software is designed to support any partnership option: standard, customized, or an altogether new assessment system.