SMARTER Objectives Defined Specific-this allows you to clearly define your area of performance and desired result. Example: 100% of our children will meet the state established goal for NCLB by 2013- 2014 Measurable-this indicates that you require some kind of measurement to assess success. Example: In 2005-2006 62% of our student body has met the state testing goal. With 100% required by 2013-2014 we will increase our pass rate by a minimum of 7% per year.
SMARTER Objectives Defined Attainable-Smarter objectives must be attainable but at the same time present a challenge. They must stretch the individual, team or school to perform at a higher level (move out of your comfort zone). Example: reducing the school dropout rate to zero. Results-Objective must describe the results to be achieved. Not an activity but rather an accomplishment that can be measured.
SMARTER Objectives Defined Time bound-all objectives must have a time component. Consider the example we used for NCLB, it is clearly time bound. Encompassing-objectives must address and contribute to the overarching mission of the school. How does the objective relate to other priorities? Reviewed frequently-to achieve objectives they must be reviewed regularly. Establishing benchmarks allows for the opportunity to measure success and make adjustments
Why Have SMARTER Objectives? They describe a desired future-they give clear direction They can improve performance They provide measurability to a desired future They are a communication tool They can motivate people They clarify expectations on what results are expected They are a first step in effective planning
Write a SMARTER Objective Based on the goal you identified from your processing work-with your team write a SMARTER Objective. Work as a team-you have 20 minutes for this activity. Be prepared to report out
Sharing Your SMARTER Objective Join with another team and exchange SMARTER Objectives. Critique the SMARTER Objective based on the checklist provided (10 minutes) Share your critique with creators of the objective (10 minutes) – Provide constructive suggestions – Ask for clarity where needed Make adjustments in SMARTER Objectives based on the critique
SMARTER Objective Checklist Is the objective written for a specific area of performance-a key result? Will the objective challenge the individual or team? Does the objective include a measurable standard? Is the objective achievable in the defined time frame? Is the objective written for a result rather than an activity? Does the objective include a target date? Does the objective support the school’s mission? Is the objective stated in positive terms? Will the achievement of the objective enhance student achievement? Does the objective support team beliefs? Is there evaluation/assessment in place?
Implementing Your SMARTER Objective How will you implement your SMARTER Objective when you get back to your school/district? How can you use SMARTER Objectives to enhance student achievement a your school? Apply your SMARTER Objective to the following tool.