by Randa Solutions
TOWER is a highly customizable platform facilitating teacher observation, evaluation, and reporting. TOWER (developed by RANDA Solutions) aims to remove the time-intensive hassles associated with teacher reviews through automation. RANDA’s experience managing assessment data and providing secure cloud hosting services makes the TOWER system a natural extension of previous business ventures.
TOWER is designed to be both rubric- and platform-agnostic, meaning that the system can be set up to host any evaluation rubric and to run on any platform (e.g. iOS-based, Android-based, browser-based, etc.). Administrators choose which rubrics and reports will be needed and work directly with RANDA project managers to design the system. Once completed, administrators can manage the observation process from a central admin page, assigning and scheduling observations, and viewing the status of each one. Observers can see their schedule from their mobile device, and can use the device to perform the observation on the chosen rubric, attaching pictures of artifacts when necessary. These devices do not need to be connected to wi-fi during the observation; observations can be saved locally and synched later. Administrators may choose what types of reports will be available, customize the release of those reports and can upload them to state or district authorities if desired. Additional, pre-existing data can also be brought into the reports to supplement observations.
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