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How Do You Keep Score?

By LeaderTalk Contributor — August 20, 2010 1 min read
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School leaders often complain about being judged by their standardized test scores. This is a fair complaint since these scores don’t tell the whole picture. But instead of creating their own scorecard for their school, these leaders simply complain. Stop complaining and start keeping score.

What percentage of your district’s students attend and complete four year colleges?
What percentage of your students feel safe at your school?
Do you have a parent satisfaction rating? If not, survey them.
What percent of your students are reading at grade level, based on multiple measures?
And that critical thinking common assessment that your teachers created? What percentage of students reached benchmark?

Schools are often lazy since they don’t feel any need to ‘sell” their school or publicize accomplishments. And when schools do have the data to share they often embed it deep within their websites- five clicks away. Instead of an antiquated local newspaper telling your story- why not tell it yourself?

-Rob Ackerman
school blog

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