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Transition-Focused Education Framework Fidelity Tool

A fidelity tool helps you figure out your starting point (needs assessment) and track your progress by having you periodically assess where you are compared to best practice. The TFEF Fidelity Tool is the assessment tool we use with cohort schools to help them determine their relative transition strengths, weaknesses, and priorities.

The Transition-Focused Education Framework (TFEF) is one of the organizing documents of the Next Steps project. The five practice areas form the basis of our work with cohort schools. The lists in the ovals are examples of activities in that practice area.

Transition-Focused Education Framework diagram showing showing the five areas

The TFEF is based on:

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A fidelity tool helps you figure out your starting point (needs assessment) and track your progress by having you periodically assess where you are compared to best practice.

The TFEF Fidelity Tool is the assessment tool we use with cohort schools to help them determine their relative transition strengths, weaknesses, and priorities. Teams develop action plans to address priorities, and Next Steps NH provides the training and coaching to implement identified transition practices.

Instructions page from the TFEF Fidelity Tool

The TFEF Fidelity Tool is a big Excel file with several worksheets to complete. Your data is automatically also shown in chart form for easier understanding. At the end is a summary chart that shows your progress in all five practice areas.

TFEF Fidelity Tool template (Excel)

This is an example of a completed data entry worksheet for Student Development practices. To use the TFEF Fidelity Tool, your team would rate your school’s degree of implementation for each of the critical components listed under each practice. You would:

  1. Determine if the critical component is in place (3), partially in place (2), or not in place (1).
  2. Set a priority for working on each critical component that is not already in place, using a 1 – 3 rating, where 3 is the highest priority.
  3. Make notes on each critical component, as well as list the evidence you used to determine the degree of implementation.

filled in data entry page for Student Development practices

This chart shows the above implementation data in bar graph form. The Fidelity Tool creates this chart for you automatically:

TFEF data chart for one practice

Once you have entered your ratings for all five practices, the last worksheet, Summary Data, displays your degree of implementation across the five practices. Example after three data collections:

Bar chart tracking implementation progress for each of five framework areas