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Diagnostic site visits are a common evaluation tool for schools across the United States. The goal of site visits is to provide schools with a comprehensive third-party evaluation of policies and practices that impact school quality beyond test scores and assist in school improvement planning. The following report contains a protocol for conducting diagnostic site visits in the state of Idaho.

The report is based on the standards to be evaluated during the site visits: faculty and staff, curriclum and instruction, communication and culture, governance, and finance.

Also included are:

  • Methods of standard evaluation
  • Evaluation reporting expectations
  • Evidence of standard indicators
  • Scoring sheets and key
  • Interview question examples


This report was prepared by Idaho Policy Institute at Boise State University and commissioned by Bluum.