States and districts have already invested a great deal of thought, time and effort in determining what to do to improve school performance.
What stands in the way of success at most schools is not what to do, but how to do it. UPD has developed a proven Performance Management process called SchoolStat to solve this problem. SchoolStat goes beyond sharing data, discussing it, and reflecting on it. It’s a laboratory for testing and refining innovation. It helps managers develop the skills they need to turn data into actionable information which they can use to identify — and replicate — strategies and tactics that work. Using data in this manner is a skill which takes purposeful, constructive practice to develop. Therefore, to improve, we must put as much emphasis on culture change and capacity building as we do on data-based decision making. It provides a routine and method around which we hold our goals constant but adapt the work that gets us there.
The SchoolStat Laboratory
Identify and agree upon indicators of performance.
Develop hypotheses about what will impact performance.
Manage actions in support of hypotheses.
Frequently review the data to see if it’s working.
Make adjustments to our methods for better results.
How it works:
In a SchoolStat engagement, UPD works with leadership to develop clarity and consensus on goals and the work we believe will achieve those goals. We then identify the metrics that help us test the effectiveness of our work and inform adaption. Prior to each session, we prepare the data in easy-to-interpret visualizations. And we facilitate the SchoolStat sessions to keep the discussion focused on tactics and results. As this cycle is repeated over the course of the engagement, leaders develop the skills necessary to establish and run SchoolStat sessions on their own. SchoolStat builds the capacity of your key managers to collaborate and use data to understand whether their work is, or is not, improving outcomes. And it helps them manage the change necessary for success.
A Routinized Process…
To monitor, measure and analyze data.
A Structured, Collaborative Process…
For tracking, discussing and acting on short-cycle information.
A Managed, Replicable Process…
For quickly identifying whether interventions are having their intend effect.
A Professional Learning Community…
That provides a supportive environment for creating a new culture of performance management.