“For the Evaluation”

A while back I wrote a post about PYP bad words. I’d like to add a PYP bad phrase.

“For the evaluation”

My school is in the early stages of preparing our self-study for our upcoming multi-program IB visit next spring and I have become acutely aware of the danger in those three words.

We need to make sure that’s in place for the evaluation. 

We should update that for the evaluation. 

We need to work on  improving that for the evaluation


We shouldn’t be doing things for the evaluation – our students deserve better than that. We should be doing all of these things for them. Sure, the evaluation helps us measure and assess how well we are serving our students and gives us  a framework for setting goals and creating a plan of action to improve…  but the evaluation in and of itself cannot be the end goal.

So the next time you catch yourself or a colleague (or me!) saying these three words try to recast the sentence to ensure that we understand that we are investing our time and energy for the betterment of students – not just for the evaluation. 

We need to conduct student self-study groups for the evaluation because it will help us better understand what our students need in order to serve them better. 

We need to update our policies for the evaluation to allow us to better translate our beliefs into practice in order to better serve our students. 

We need to reflect on what we’re doing well and what we can do better for the evaluation to better serve our students. 

The evaluation can’t be misunderstood as the end goal. It needs to be seen as a tool for helping us reach our end goal: doing what’s best for our students. 

5 thoughts on ““For the Evaluation”

  1. Jamie June 1, 2016 / 5:20 am

    For the evaluation in my case was for the authorization, we had our authorization visit last June, but a year later all of those things that we were doing are gone. We no longer follow the policies that we wrote for authorization. We no longer teach in the same way or get professional development like we did for authorization. Those words are very scary because to me they also mean for a short time. I hope that this works out better for you!


    • tbondclegg June 1, 2016 / 7:01 am

      I’m sorry to hear that! I am optimistic that if we are intentionally taking care of these matters and seeing the self-study as a way to better serve our students we won’t get lost down the road of thinking it’s “for the evaluation”.


  2. MARGO V MARTIN June 1, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Great commentary about the true stakeholders of our profession


  3. Adam Hill June 7, 2016 / 4:54 am

    Totally agree. The same can be applied to UK schools constantly trying to please OFSTED. Look after the kids and the evaluations will take care of themselves.
    Another great post! Well done!


  4. Anjali December 6, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    How true take care of the seed the roots and leaves will find their way


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