The most important role of the principalship is that of instructional leader. Principals must ensure teachers have access to tools that make learning meaningful and rigorous. In addition, principals must ensure that all teachers in their building are using rigorous assessments in their classrooms and preparing students for rigorous test items on standardized assessments. The best tool for principals to use in their school to accomplish this goal is USATestprep.
Principals make budgetary decisions on whether to purchase instructional platforms based on a platform’s effect on student engagement and achievement. The question guiding all decisions is, “How will this product increase student test scores and rigor in the classroom?”
Principals must know the product they purchase will benefit the student population and increase scores in the school; thereby increasing scores in the district.
Talk with the school’s instructional leaders (i.e. the principal, assistant principals, department chairs, lead teachers, etc.) and learn ways USATestprep has positively impacted instruction and students. Personal stories from schools sharing a similar culture and demographics are impactful as it tells the story of students and teachers just like yours. As you connect, you will find stories of student growth, teacher love for the program, student engagement, teacher and student data analysis, and the list goes on. Also, check out the USATestprep website for data on USATestprep’s impact on student achievement.
So, you’re probably thinking, “Wait, I don’t have to purchase the entire platform in order to use USATestprep?” You are correct! USATestprep is concerned with helping schools meet their needs and realize every school has different needs. Therefore, you can purchase subscriptions based on the areas you specifically need to grow in your school. In this step, it is crucial to be familiar with the various subscriptions offered by USATest prep. The platform has subscriptions for courses with end-of-course assessments, core subjects, AP courses, ACT/WIN/SAT preparation, and so many more. Targeted subscriptions are a great way for schools to save money and USATestprep makes that possible.
The free trial is ideal as it allows you to see how this product fits in your school and school culture. Teachers will experience the ability to make rigorous assessments with an assessment bank, and assign activities, performance assessments and videos to students based on the topics being covered. Everyone will love the data analysis capabilities of USATestprep, and how teachers can use the data from USATestprep to inform their instructional decisions and provide individualized instruction.
Select the top two to three target areas. Request your district to purchase these subscriptions for the first year to build support for the program, based on its impact. You could also buy the subscription with funds allocated to the school for instruction. Implementing USATestprep in small increments saves your district money and allows your district to see the impact of USATestprep in your school, with responsible spending.
Explain the benefits and cost-effectiveness of USATestprep. Relay the stories of your teachers and students in their experiences of using USATestprep for the trial period.
At the end of every day, districts are concerned with data and how to improve the schools in their system. Use the process outlined above to bring the data to your districts in order to gain support for purchasing USATestprep in your school.
Thank you to our guest writer, Elizabeth McDonald from Manning High School in South Carolina.