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How does a scorecard show what a district values? As part of the assessment and evaluation process school district leaders may create a district scorecard that is transparent to employees and stakeholders. The scorecard includes multiple formative measures aligned to the goals of the district and guides leaders on areas working well and areas needing attention and improvement. The scorecard includes overall district approved goals aligned to the superintendent evaluation and a link to metrics that affect the achievement of the overall goals.

What about evaluations for other school and district leaders? School and department leaders as well as department priorities and goals must also align to a district’s overall goals. This means while each leader’s evaluation varies according to his or her specific role and job responsibilities, the superintendent’s evaluation is aligned to the overall goals of the district, and all other leader evaluations are aligned to the superintendent evaluation.

In the video below Dr. Robin Largue, retired principal and former district leader of secondary education, discusses the development of the district scorecard and leader evaluations aligned to district goals; she also shares what her leader evaluation would look like if she were in her former role as a district leader.

Where to start? A district’s strategic plan is used to develop accountable and aligned leader evaluations to drive performance. This first step aligns evidence-based leadership essentials to a district’s strategic plan to determine core measures of improvement and tools to use for evaluating leader performance.

Suppose a district’s Service goal is “Efficient, effective, and friendly interactions with our district employees, staff, students, parents, and visitors.” The scorecard may include multiple measures aligned with this goal. Such measures may include Employee Engagement, Support Services, and Parent and Student Satisfaction. In turn, each of these measures have set targets, for example, “Raise the overall employee engagement score from the current mean rate of 3.86 (May 2013) to 4.06 (May 2014).”

So, what do districts value? School districts with a true commitment to excellence value students improving their achievement levels, employees believing their leaders provide a good work environment and one where every staff member and every employee can be successful at the highest level, district employees providing service excellence, and parents feeling satisfied with their child’s education.

Education leaders with a true commitment to excellence work with their school boards, school and district leaders to build an evaluation process aligned to the district scorecard that is transparent to all stakeholder groups. The ultimate goal is to produce better places for teachers to teach and employees to work, and improve student learning and parent satisfaction.



Learn more about district scorecards from Dr. Nancy McGinley, Superintendent of Charleston County School District, and Dr. Pat Greco, Superintendent of Menomonee Falls School District at What’s Right in Education 2013. Learn from them and connect with other high performing educational leaders, and discuss how to set board and superintendent measures and cascade those across all levels of leadership in the district; identify what “right” looks like in service excellence; and become part of a district leadership collaborative.

Dr. Robin Largue is lead consultant at Studer Education. The video clip is from What’s Right in Education 2012. See other videos from last year’s event here. For more information or to register for the 2013 event in Atlanta (October 21-23) visit http://studereducation.com/wrie2013.

Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the fifth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.