Schlichting: Goal Setting in District 105
Research consistently identifies goal setting as one of the most powerful ways for school systems to improve student performance. The greatest impact comes when goals are well-aligned throughout the entire school system – district, school, classroom and student.
Through our District 105 Strategic Planning process completed last school year, we strengthened the alignment of our goal setting process. Our goal setting efforts start at the district level where we expect our district to rank in the top 10 percent of all districts nationally in student achievement and in the progress our students make from the fall to spring.
Our five schools set goals for student achievement and progress that are aligned to district goals. The schools carefully analyze data to identify their students’ learning needs and determine the best strategies to ensure students meet expectations for learning. The process results in a concise two-page school improvement plan that gets posted on our school websites along with the school dashboards, which display the progress schools are making toward their goals.
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