In Data and Measurement, Leadership Tips, Quality

To achieve sustainable results, we must first identify organizational goals. After we’ve clearly defined goals, we measure the things that matter in order to monitor progress toward those goals. Additionally, we work to align all departments with the goals of the organization to achieve results that make a difference. What happens when goals and measures align? All employees know exactly how their work supports the success of the organization and knowing this makes the work worthwhile.

For each partner, leader coaches develop organizational scorecards to identify the most important measures of school, department, and district success. On each scorecard, we define which progress monitoring tools will best predict success. Additionally, the scorecard defines what strategic actions we’ll take to achieve our goals.

All of our actions and ongoing monitoring align to the measures we select for the year. This is why it’s vital to choose the most important things to measure. Scorecards are a great tool for measuring progress, increasing focus, and organizing for continuous improvement.

Dr. Tony Evers, 26th Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, called on legislators, superintendents, parents, and students to “Synchronize our moral compasses.” In order for education to improve our students’ lives, we must be aligned and focused on serving every child, every day.

Implementing the scorecard tool can ensure that district-wide measures of our service to students and families cascade to schools and departments, and then directly into the teaching and learning objectives of each classroom. If we choose to measure the important things, our compasses will be synchronized to our most moral purpose: to educate and empower all students.

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