"In 1998, SchoolWorks began its work with an emphasis on assessment services. Working for charter school authorizers and departments of education, SchoolWorks conducted charter renewal site visits and district school reviews for accountability purposes. With assessment services at the core of our work, SchoolWorks has a culture committed to using criteria based on effective practices, making statements based on evidence and reporting what we learn in a way that values and respects the efforts of educators. Having assessed and documented the work of thousands of schools, we never forget that the challenge of evaluating the work pales in comparison to the challenge of doing the work.
By 2005, SchoolWorks conducted a broad range of assessments on a national basis. The company’s success begged the question of next steps toward our commitment to make an impact. A natural extension of the assessment work was support for improvement planning. Today, SchoolWorks plays an partnership role in helping schools, districts and charter networks develop meaningful improvement plans. ... As our journey has continued, the SchoolWorks Team has expanded from assessment and planning to achievement services. ... For the Kauffman Foundation, SchoolWorks CEO Spencer Blasdale provides ongoing leadership development to two start-up charter schools."