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U Wisconsin Researchers Launch Online Formative Assessment of K-12 School Leadership
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin -
Madison have launched an online version of the
Comprehensive Assessment of
Leadership for Learning (CALL), a research-based tool for assessing K-12
According to information from the university, CALL is designed to determine
"how well and how often teachers and administrators carry out critical
leadership tasks day to day throughout the school." However, the tool is meant
to be used to support educators for the purpose of improving student learning
rather than as a performance evaluation of employees.
The tool surveys all educators in the school, including administrators,
teachers, instructional support staff and student support staff. The survey
takes about 45 minutes and can be completed on computers or mobile devices.
Participants have the option to pause the survey, so they don't have to complete
it in a single sitting. Individuals' responses are anonymized, and CALL does not
release names or other identifying information of participating schools to the
According to information on the CALL site, the assessment results provide
concrete recommendations for improvement in five key domains associated with
- Focus on learning;
- Monitoring teaching and learning;
- Building nested learning communities;
- Acquiring and allocating resources; and
- Maintaining a safe and effective learning environment.
The school receives aggregated item-by-item survey responses, along with an
explanation of survey results in each of the five domains. CALL also provides
the school with research-based strategies and recommendations for improvement.
The CALL survey can be administered one or more times throughout the school
year to assess school improvement initiatives. Annual subscriptions to CALL are
available now through the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services
(WCEPS). Further information can be found on the
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