After completing your observations, it's important to take time to  summarize your findings. We have established a rating scale based on the Six Dimensions of Quality Teaching and Learning that you can use as a guideline to score your observations.

Once you have had time to document and reflect upon your observations, there are a number of ways you can examine and interpret the data. Below are tools and resources to help you score and analyze your findings.

These videos discuss the valuable perspective of new observers and the importance of scoring observations objectively, based on the criteria you’ve established.

Tools & Resources

These resources explain the elements you need to include in your training of observers and how to summarize as well as advance your findings.
Spectrum of Characteristics of Quality Teaching and Learning
This tool describes the spectrum of characteristics of quality teaching and learning, from less than basic to basic to proficient to advanced.
How to Summarize Data from Observations
This guide describes several different ways to summarize data from a set of observations, ranging from simple charts to using an Excel spreadsheet.

Advanced Analysis of Observation Data
This tool describes an advanced analysis of observation data that a statistician can run using a statistical software package.

“I do this work on behalf of the symphony because the greater the role the symphony has in creating a thriving arts scene in our schools, the better off we all are. The quality observations and discussions allow me to have a finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the schools. This helps me in developing programming that speaks directly to the students and teachers, which means that it has the greatest possible impact. I feel that all of us involved in the quality process are helping to raise the creativity bar for our kids.”

Jamie Allen

Jamie Allen

Director of Education
Dallas Symphony Orchestra