When a school district implements evaluation measures a new and different perspective on systems improvement is formed within the district. It begins when a district identifies annual goals, and then cascades these goals through departments and schools through the identification of short cycle goals and progress monitoring measures. As a result, districts use data to inform performance decisions, as described below by one superintendent:
We are data focused and data driven. All procedures and decisions that we make, we are sure to tie back to data. For example, we do a state-wide test every year; we were measuring one data point, but we were using no other data points for seeing how our students were achieving. We now understand the need to gather additional data points and do this quarterly across the district…
The statement, “We now understand the need to gather additional data points,” grounds systems improvement from a progress-monitoring perspective. This was echoed at this year’s What’s Right in Education as captured in this tweet:
Education leaders see the district’s progress toward annual goals across the year so that adjustments can be made. Adjustments may align to the initiatives that align to the short cycle goals or the actions/strategies for each initiatives. For a school district to improve and move toward excellence, every school and every department must achieve excellence.
Each year in August Studer Education showcases select partners and school district executives at What’s Right in Education in Chicago. In 2016, more than 200 educational leaders attended. During the month we’ll share some of the Twitter feed (#WRIE) takeaways from the event which highlight how school district leaders are all in, all of the time when it comes to improving their school districts and their students’ learning experience.
Learn more about attending Studer Education’s What’s Right in Education for cross-district leadership teams or Destination High Performance for executive leaders by emailing Erica at Erica.Callaway@StuderEducation.com or Ryan at Ryan.Hess@StuderEducation.com.
Studer Education partners with education systems to achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. The goal of our work with school districts and executive leaders 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 and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.