The 321SOS assessment tool has been developed by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 as a way to standardize and simplify teacher and staff evaluations. The custom program allows observers to perform assessments and job evaluations with internet-capable mobile devices. 321SOS allows the direct input of variables into forms created by the individual school district. Results are then emailed to the observer and to the employee being evaluated as a .pdf file. Compiled results can also be exported to Microsoft Excel for statistical analysis or the creation of trend reports.
321SOS is a VERY user-friendly program that is web-based and runs on iPad®, iPhone®, smartphones, laptops, or desktops. It features a fully customizable system for creating assessment templates, storing the completed results, and emailing them to the employees. The functionality of instant feedback to the employee and the option of saving and printing out a .pdf file for each observation is invaluable. Data from any assessment template can be exported for any timeframe that you choose. Logging into the system has been made simple through the use of active directory integration that uses an observer's current email address and password to login. This eliminates the need for having to remember yet another user name and password.
Given the current economic climate and budgetary situations facing school districts, the possibility of staff cuts can be an unfortunate reality. 321SOS is a software tool can be used effectively to create assessments for ALL staff, not just teaching staff. Principals, paraprofessionals, support staff, technology staff, and even maintenance staff can be evaluated using a standard template that is created for each specific group. A school district can enable an unlimited number of administrators and other observers to access the system. Because the application runs on electronic devices that observers are likely to already carry, assessments can be done on a spur-of-the-moment basis. Where traditional paper-based assessments require entry into a database by the observer or an assistant, 321SOS allows data to be directly uploaded when completed.
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