Magazine article District Administration

Different Tools for Different Schools: A Discussion with Leslie Lytle, Ph.D., R.D., Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota

Magazine article District Administration

Different Tools for Different Schools: A Discussion with Leslie Lytle, Ph.D., R.D., Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota

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Should assessment be conducted at the district level or at each school in the district?

We suggest assessing at both the district and school level because district policies often are more liberal than measures at individual schools.

What should one consider when creating assessment tools?

Develop tools to be completed by staff members who can offer the most accurate information. For example, physical education department heads are more likely than school principals to know about district requirements for PE time at each grade level. Similarly, the food service manager probably knows the most about nutrient criteria related to available foods and beverages.

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Does this mean that schools need more than one assessment form?

Schools can use a single assessment form that has clear, content-specific sections. The principal can assign individual portions to staff members who have the right expertise (Checklist Form).

What are some assessment challenges in middle schools and high schools?

The number of "competitive" foods in vending machines and on a la carte lines may make it difficult to evaluate the healthfulness of each item being sold. We recommend a simplified checklist tool to speed up the process.

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What are next steps after assessing a la carte offerings in the cafeteria? …

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