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Assess System

Improved outcomes for all learners happen when school systems are effective and efficient. Regular self-assessment helps schools focus on areas for growth.

Why do school implementation teams gather data?

School implementation teams self-assess their system to gauge the extent to which practices and key system features are in place and used as intended. Through the use of implementation data, schools examine the connections between adult behavior and student outcomes.

Teams strategically analyze system self-assessments, staff perception assessments, and student outcome data, side-by-side, to find opportunities to close gaps. When needed, teams dig deeper and examine the root causes.

How do teams utilize system self-assessment data?

An implementation team’s primary role is to utilize system self-assessments to measure academic and behavior implementation, and staff perceptions to ensure:

  • practices, policies, and procedures are in place, and
  • the system is performing to fidelity (as intended).

Because this data is used to help action plan and allocate resources, it’s critical to establish an environment of trust and transparency around its use.

Measuring and guiding implementation

Implementation research shows that schools only realize improved student outcomes when evidence-based practices are implemented across the system with fidelity. The goal is for schools to reach full implementation (fidelity) and sustain at this level.

The system self-assessments listed below are rooted in implementation science. Full implementation is reached by measuring if all staff:

  1. know what to do,
  2. are trained in what to do, and
  3. a coaching model is in place to ensure they are implementing with accuracy.

Sustainability is more achievable when these are in place and measured each year. Here’s an overview of assessments used to measure system implementation in Wisconsin.

Links to access Wisconsin System Self-Assessments

School implementation teams use the following links to assess academics and behavior.



Assessing guides continuous improvement

As part of a continuous improvement process, collaborative teams systemically review implementation data and student outcome data with a growth mindset. They use data strategically to create action plans and evaluate results—critical aspects of system implementation.

Successful schools assess their systems every year

Successful schools ensure assessments are on the annual calendar. Taking academic and behavior assessments in the spring allows school-level teams to action plan for the next school year and set up benchmarks.

We have a library of system-self assessment resources below and you can contact your Regional Technical Assistance Coordinator for guidance.

Key Resources For Assess System