Q: Who were the independent researchers that scored the answers.
A: Dr. Jane Bleasdale an independent consultant and professor of education worked with two groups of educational research students to analyze the data. The students attend the University of San Francisco graduate School of Education and have no affiliation to S.O.M.S.D.
Q: How did the researchers know how to ‘score’ the answers?
A: The researchers completed the project using grounded theory. (Grounded theory involves the collection and analysis of data. The theory is “grounded” in actual data, which means the analysis and development of theories happens after you have collected the data. It was introduced by Glaser & Strauss in 1967 to legitimize qualitative research. ) Dr Bleasdale, a scholar, academic researcher and practitioner outlined the ideal key words and phrases that align with the values of equity and justice in all of the five answers. The team of researchers then coded each narrative and gave it a score based on the frequency of the terms. There were also some points that are non negotiable ( any support for the presence of SRO or additional security shows a candidate doesn’t align with the stated mission of the organizations and would therefor not be considered as an ‘A’ response).
Q: Last year, the questions started with yes and no questions. This year there were qualitative questions asking about the strengths and areas of improvement needed. What was different this year with scoring?
A: While last year’s questions had yes and no questions, the reality is that people wrote extensive qualitative answers. The coding was revised this year to allow for analysis of key words and phrases associated with equity and justice.
Q: Were the researchers aware of the challenges and issues in the SOMSD district to put the answers into context?
A: The researchers are completely independent and do not know the names, history or context of the SOMSD school district. The true ‘blind’ nature of their analysis allowed for a robust review of the narrative answers.
Q: How is the grading scale of A, B, C, D used?
A: The research team reviewed the candidates statements in,light of the stated mission of PARES and SOMA: SJ . They compared the coded data with the mission of the two groups .and used the following rubric.
|Exceeds (A)||Meets(B)||Approaches(C)||Does Not Meet(D)|
|Understands issues of race and equality inline with the mission of PARES and SOMA SJ||Demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the multiple ways SOMSD perpetuates injustice. Shows significant knowledge of ways to create opportunities to challenge injustice, inequality, and oppression.||Demonstrates understanding of the multiple ways SOMSD perpetuates injustice. Shows some knowledge of ways to create opportunities to challenge injustice, inequality, and oppression.||Demonstrates a limited or superficial understanding of the multiple ways SOMSD perpetuates injustice. Shows limited knowledge of ways to create opportunities to challenge injustice, inequality, and oppression.||Failed to demonstrate an understanding of the way(s) SOMSD perpetuates injustice. Does not challenge injustice, inequality, and oppression. Relies largely on ahistorical or individualistic accounts of social phenomena.|
Q: Who is Dr. Jane Bleasdale who organized this project?
A: Dr. Jane Bleasdale is acting as the liaison to the groups engaged in this process. She is a Assistant Professor at University of San Francisco as a scholar, academic researcher and practitioner. Dr. Bleasdale’s research is focused on equity and inclusion in High Schools. She is also the principal of Bleasdale Educational Research and Consultants. For this project, Dr. Bleasdale is acting as an independent (volunteer) consultant to the group. She is also a community member and parent of two students in the district.