Besides the traditional favorites like tetherball and four square, students at Dickinson Elementary School and Explorer Community School enjoyed another game at recess this past spring: chess.
We believe results matter. As a high-performing district, we continuously monitor and analyze student achievement results and organizational results. Results help us determine where to focus, how we can improve, and how we can better serve students.
We focus on both student results and organizational results, and we use data to inform our continuous improvement processes. Student and organizational performance data, together with perception data collected from students, staff, parents, and community members, is used to help us understand strengths and areas for continued improvement.
We establish goals for student results at the individual classroom, school, and district level. Teachers set student growth goals for students in their classrooms and for their grade level. Schools set goals for all students and for individual groups of students in their schools. District goals for student learning are expressed in board-established End Results. End Results policies specify the results desired for our students. Ends Results policies are based on our district mission, vision, student profile, and guiding principles. Key performance indicators for student performance are included in our district strategic plan.
Building level continuous improvement processes help schools determine which strategies and programs are best helping students achieve. At the district level, board-established Executive Limitations policies focus on the means used to accomplish End Results for students. The board regularly monitors Executive Limitations focused on expectations associated with: academic program, instructional materials, district staff, budgeting/financial planning, facilities, technology, student learning environment and more. We set key performance indicators aligned with our strategic goals and monitor organizational performance.