In a short survey distributed over two weeks in January, teachers at each Clay County school answered questions on many aspects of their school’s leadership and instructional environment, including learning environment, professional development, student growth measures, instructional planning, evaluation, workload, career progression, peer culture, retention, hiring process, and observation/feedback. The results, released at the March 2 regular School Board meeting, revealed that on average, data from Clay County schools met or exceeded national averages in 12 of 13 categories measured.
Principals from schools ranking in the top quartile, or those that have the strongest instructional culture, were honored as well.
- Mike Elia, Bannerman Learning Center
- Cary Dicks, Clay High School
- Amy Dyal, Coppergate Elementary School
- Jen Halter, Green Cove Springs Junior High School
- Melanie Sanders, Keystone Heights Elementary School
- Marcus Dooley, McRae Elementary School
- John O’Brian, Paterson Elementary School
- Nancy Crowder, Shadowlawn Elementary School
- Angela Whiddon, W.E. Cherry Elementary School
- Heather Teto, Wilkinson Elementary School
Here’s how these schools ranked against national trends:
“The feedback I get from being observed helps me to improve student outcomes.”
Agreement among teachers at top quartile schools in Clay County: 82 percent
Agreement among teachers nationwide: 71 percent
“The person who evaluates my performance has an accurate perception of my classroom practice.”
Agreement among teachers at top quartile schools in Clay County: 87 percent
Agreement among teachers nationwide: 67 percent
“My school leaders make it clear to teachers how our actions contribute to school goals and priorities.”
Agreement among teachers at top quartile schools in Clay County: 92 percent
Agreement among teachers nationwide: 76 percent
This data will be used to plan how to address areas of greatest need in Clay County schools, according to areas of strength and opportunity revealed by the report. It will also be used to execute these action plans, drawing support from examples of best practices locally, district resources, and the Teacher Talent Toolbox provided by TNTP, the organization that makes the survey available to school districts. The district has identified four specific goals to work toward using this data:
- Prepare all students to become college, career, and life-ready.
- Ensure excellent instruction in all classrooms.
- Develop great educators and leaders.
- Build positive, learning-focused school communities.
“The Instructional Cultural Index Survey has provided Clay County Schools with relevant and rich data sets that allow the district and school-based administrators to identify and review cultural priorities linked to desired outcomes. While the focus in Clay County is for our leaders to become instructional leaders, we must focus building their capacity to become culture and climate builders along with talent managers. Our survey results are generated from the voice of our teachers, which is real and provides a pathway to collective problem-solving and elevating the instructional culture experiences,” said Addison Davis, Clay County’s superintendent of schools.
“These results are indicative of the quality schools we have in Clay County. Our teachers have never been asked to fill out such an in-depth survey on school culture. I am delighted to have data that shows what everyone in Clay County already knows,” said Renna Lee Paiva, Clay County Education Association President.