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We are very excited to announce the release of Version 2.5.1, our 27th iteration, of ReVIEW Talent Feedback System. Our team, in conjunction with a growing customer base of over a 1,000 users, have worked hard to towards a release that meets the customer needs.
Our latest release has features that make us proud. We have no code name, no metaphor for the release. All we bring to the table is the best product possible.
Version 2.5.1 Release Notes
Version 2.5.1 includes a few minor updates to improve upon 2.5. We approach our development with such agility we did not have time to publish our latest release notes before the next iteration went live.
Many districts wanted an electronic signature with a date and time stamp on submitted forms. Rather than make this a field that could be added to forms we now require an electronic signature when ever a form is completed by a teacher, evaluator, or facilitator.
Navigation Side Bar
A minor fix. We, like many others, use a bootstrap theme for ReVIEW Talent Feedback System. This includes a collapsible navigation panel on the left. In the past it defaulted to being open rather than collapsed. Users requested that the system remember their last action. The platform now does.
Export forms in PDF for an Entire School
School districts use ReVIEW Talent Feedback System for so much more than compliance with regulatory filings. Yet we also empower districts to meet the burdens of paperwork schools face. Districts can now get a collection of every submitted form downloaded in PDF form.
So many customers love this new feature. Not only can they send the requisite reports to district or state leaders but they can use in house documents to train teachers and evaluators.
Version 2.5 Release Notes
Our biggest iteration in many months contain improvements that make our customers proud to use the ReVIEW Talent Feedback System Platform.
You never know what users want until you have many in the system. Then the changes needed seem so obvious. The effort we put into improving the user dashboard was on of these “oh duh” iterations. We have now organized our dashboards by the events a teacher selected.
We also added more metadata to each “card” in an evaluators dashboard. You can now see the evaluators name, date and the teacher observed.
Event and Form Frequency
One of our greatest challenges has been predicting the variability in the evaluation plans of local school districts. At ReVIEW Talent Feedback System we believe in local control and district flexibility. So we wanted our platform to mold to any school’s needs.
One area of great variation has been in the frequency of observations and forms teachers must complete. Originally we built the system so the frequency of events could be assigned per teacher. All the forms associated with that event would then be assigned.
We quickly began working with districts that assign different forms based on the where a teacher fell in their evaluation plan.You can now assign frequencies globally and then edit forms on a per teacher basis.
Another issue we did not predict, and it took some careful work with our database validations, was setting a frequency to zero. Our original default frequency was one. We never assumed a teacher would go a year without at least one formal and informal evaluation. We were wrong. Many districts do not require proficient and skilled teachers to undertake a formal observation each year.
Setting the frequency of events and forms to zero was tricky for us. Originally when an event was created a database field was created, and nature abhors vacuums. Data wanted to be in that spot. We carefully rewrote our validations and focused on the UI. We are happy to report you can now set the frequency of events and forms to zero.
Exporting Data to Spreadsheets
As researchers and professional development experts we maybe nerding out the most about this feature. Districts can now export the results of any form into a spreadsheet. A row is created for each user and a column for every field.
School districts have noted the importance of this feature. They can now quickly cretae reports to meet the regulatory burdens in evaluation systems. More importantly schools can use the data to understand where they need to grow as a system. ReVIEW Talent Feedback System is a platform for continuous growth.
Greater Metadata for Statewide Clients
States now use ReVIEW Talent Feedback System as a method to ensure evaluator capacity of their new administrators. They have purchased licenses for districts across wide geographic regions. New principals then use our innovative Video Based Calibration model to improve their instructional capacity.
States wanted to compare results based on district and city. We now require this data when creating new schools in a district.
However, our commitment to protecting local data remains strong. Only clients who purchase multi-district licenses can ever access reports comparing district performances on our Video Based Calibration models.
Improved Facilitator Reports
While we provide the most innovative and rewarding approach to video based calibration we focus more on local control and local capacity. We want districts to basically make our trainings irrelevant by building up their own local capacity.
Our Video Based Calibration models have significantly improved evalutor capacity. Yet we want districts to provide the high quality feedback we give new administrators. District staff can now be assigned as facilitators and use the ReVision Supervisory Continuum to provide feedback on teacher observation reports.
To this end we have reworked our facilitator reports. They now allow district leaders to compare performance of all evaluators in a school regardless of their assigned facilitator.
We have already started our next iteration. Districts want to move teachers between schools. Currently this requires deleting and recreating the account. In our next release schools can move teachers and administrators any time. This is actually a tricky issue to solve. What happens to the teachers data? Which school does it belong to? What about their evaluators data? Or the facilitator who oversees the evaluator?
We have it all figured out and have worked through many user stories to try and explore all the possibilities. Look forward to news about the upcoming release. If you want a cool code name — -well then keep waiting.
Until then remember focusing on instructional capacity is the best way to improve student acheivement.