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    Recess Evaluation Plan 

    FALL EVALUATION - Throughout the fall and early winter, the district’s evaluation plan includes multiple input opportunities from students, staff and parents, as well as analysis of other factors including the number of discipline referrals, health office visits related to recess, recess-based injuries, and teacher absence rates. Administration will look at all aspects of the evaluation in formulating recommendations for the future. The Board will receive an update on the recess evaluation mid-year. 

    In December 2015, district administration shared a brief update with the School Board. Superintendent Dressen noted that the district would continue to study the recess pilots, to include impact of indoor recess (likely in winter months).

    SPRING EVALUATION - The district plans to gather additional data in the spring from all six elementary sites on how recess is working, with the goal of developing a district-side vision for elementary recess that also allows for site-based implementation based on need and school culture. 
     

    PILOT EVALUATION (FALL 2015)


    Recess Evaluation Summary Report (January 2016) 

    September 2015
    • Survey Design and Review (Phase I)
      • District administrators draft student and staff survey questions
      • Survey task force to review the survey questions.  
        • Task force to include: two district office administrators, Normandale Principal, two classroom teachers, two recess supervision staff, two parents
      • Teaching and Learning School Board Committee to review student survey questions
    • Survey administration (Phase I)
      • Concord and Normandale staff (administrators, teachers, recess staff)
      • Concord and Normandale students (grades 3-5) complete online survey
    • Additional data collection
      • Three year data on discipline referrals, health office visits during recess, number of recess-based injuries, teacher absence rates

    October 2015
    • Data Analysis
      • Complete data analysis of survey data
    • Survey Design and Review (Phase II)
      • Survey task force to review the survey
        • Task force to include: two district office administrators, Normandale Principal, two classroom teachers, two recess supervision staff, two parents
      • Parent/Guardian focus group questions created
    • Survey administration (Phase II)
      • Concord and Normandale staff (administrators, teachers, recess staff) complete Phase II Online Survey (Phase II)
      • Concord and Normandale students (grades 3-5) complete Phase II Online Survey
    • Communications
      • Post recess pilot information on recess pilot webpage (accessible via CES, Normandale and Concord websites), including projected outcomes, evaluation process, FAQs

    November 2015
    • Data Analysis
      • Complete data analysis of survey (Phase II)
      • Complete data analysis of three-year data on discipline referrals, health office visits during recess, number of recess-based injuries, teacher absence rates
      • Complete Parent Focus groups
        • Random, stratified samples of parents
        • Facilitated by a third-party research organization  (e.g. the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement CAREI)

    December 2015
    • Survey Design and Review (Phase III)
      • Survey task force to review the survey
      • Task force to include: two district office administrators, Normandale Principal, two classroom teachers, two recess supervision staff, two parents
    • Survey administration (Phase III)
      • Concord and Normandale staff (administrators, teachers, recess staff) complete Phase III Online Survey
      • Concord and Normandale students (grades 3-5) complete Phase III Online Survey
    • Data Analysis
      • Complete data analysis of Phase III Surveys
      • Plan for focus groups
    • Communications
      • Share data on recess pilot webpage (accessible via CES, Normandale and Concord websites) 
     
    December 2015 / January 2016
    • Recommendations Development
      • Design team to review all data and prepare recommendations regarding Recess Pilot Initiative
      • Presentation of recommendation
        • School Board Meeting (Discussion) - Dec/Jan - tentative
        • School Board Meeting (Action) - Jan -
          NOTE: On Dec. 17, administration recommended that additional study and data be conducted into the spring
     
     


    DISTRICT-WIDE RECESS EVALUATION (SPRING 2016) 

    In an effort to establish a common vision for Next Gen Recess Experience in Edina Public Schools, the district will continue to assess recess programs at all district elementary sites. This district-wide recess vision will provide for an equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and safe recess program at all sites that promotes student wellness and engagement for all students. The vision will ensure a consistent philosophy of recess at all elementary schools, while allowing for site-based decision-making on program implementation effective with the 2016-17 school year.  


    April 2016
    • Data Collection from all six elementary sites
      • 2015-16 Discipline referrals - collect data from a set time period in April looking at discipline referrals, both in aggregate and specific to recess
      • 2015-16 Health Office Referrals - number of visits during recess and recess related injuries reported from Sept. 1, 2015 - April 15, 2016
      • Costs - examination of building costs associated with staffing and programming for recess
      • Site assessment - assessment by building administrator of strengths and challenges of current recess program by site
      • Student Focus Groups - facilitated by the Teaching & Learning Dept, focus groups of students in grades 3-5 at each site will explore student feedback on current recess program
    • Administrative Report - submitted to Superintendent in early May 2016