Mike Borkowski opened his remarks by defining success as the combination of doing your best and pursuing your passion. He also commented that the District measures its success by evaluating to what degree its Vision has been achieved. Rather than rely on the media’s school rankings that often don’t measure our District’s priorities, the Board, in collaboration with the administration, have created seven Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), along with various other secondary measures to evaluate progress. Mike described each indicator.
- 3rd Grade Reading: 100% students reading at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade, using the Fountas & Pinnell defined reading levels (2018 Baseline: 86%)
- 8th Grade Algebra: 90% of students complete Algebra I by end of 8th grade (2018 Baseline: 83%)
- Student Academic Growth: all students will meet or exceed their individual growth projections as defined on the NWEA MAP assessment (2018 Baseline: Reading 84%, Math 85%)
- Grade 5 Connectedness: the Grade 5 School Connectedness indicator on CSCI will be above a 4.0 aggregate median (2018 Baseline: 4.3)
- Grade 7 Student Engagement: the Grade 7 School Engagement indicator on the Gallup Poll will be above a 4.0 aggregate mean (2018 Baseline: 3.97)
- Inclusion: 100% of students will spend 80% or more of their day in General Education (2017 Baseline: 79%)
- Bond Rating: the district will achieve the highest AAA Bond Rating, as determined by S&P (2018 Baseline: AAA achieved)
Mike concluded his remarks by stating that the seven KPIs are not perfect and do not tell the entire story, but they do highlight a few of the most important criteria that defines success in our District. The KPIs will be reported on a District Dashboard that will be visual, objective, and easy to understand. Mike noted he hopes stakeholders find this information valuable and, as always, welcomes feedback.