LINK School Performance Review

SPR enables rural districts and schools to audit performance against nationally approved education quality indicators to improve the levels of education service delivery. SPR data is analyzed to develop School and District Improvement Plans. By documenting and sharing this evidence, LINK seeks to inform national policy.
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LINK supports district education officials to collect basic data about how schools are performing. Data is collected in line with MOEST approved quality indicators. The main indicators cover the following areas: 

  • Teaching and Learning Processes (for example Teacher's Planning, Lesson Observation, Pupil Assessments);
  • School Leadership and Management (which includes financial management, staff deployment and development, access and equity, School Governance, Community Relations;
  • School Safety and Security (nutrition, sanitation, health, etc.)

Data collection in each school takes one day with a team of 2 observers (consisting of 1 LCD staffer and 1 district staffer) visiting a school. The team undertakes the following activities:

  • Classroom Observations for 3 randomly sampled lessons, and associated documentation examined. 
  • A Management Interview with the Head Teacher/School Management Team and examination of management documents.
  • A  Governance Interview with School Management Committee (SMC), Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), and a representative of the local community.

Data is collected  and scored according to the  approved quality indicators. At the end of the data collection day, the school is presented with a feedback report of the findings.

A School Performance Appraisal Meeting (SPAM) is held with Stakeholders (PTA, SMC, Head Teacher, and learners) to conduct a SWOT analysis of their school, in addition to receiving the SPR Feedback Report. This process leads to school communities developing School Improvement Plans (SIP).

A District  Education Conference  (EDUCON) is convened to publicize the SPR  findings, share good practices, and to enable district political/technical leadership to deliberate on school performance at the district level and inform planning for district-wide interventions to support learner outcome improvement. District Education Departments produce District Improvement Plans (DIPs) on how to provide support and training to schools. LINK provides support with capacity development on identified target areas which commonly include: School Management Committee training, Head Teacher management training, training lower primary teachers in Literacy and Numeracy, training in HIV/AIDS Action Planning, training on the Child Friendly School Program, and training in school gardening.

The whole process ensures schools, districts, and communities are able to access data regarding the performance of their schools referring to common indicators of school success. The aim is to take good practice to scale in core districts and make positive impact therewith. The documentation and sharing of collected evidence is used to inform and influence national policy.

The SPR program is demonstrating strong results. In Masindi District, Uganda, examination results were 50% higher in schools which had implemented SPR versus schools that had not. Masindi moved from 62nd to 3rd in national league tables. The positive impact of the SPR in Masindi district occupies a whole chapter in the Netherlands Government Impact Evaluation of Primary Education in Uganda (2008).