The Balanced Scorecard for Outcome Measures that set quantifiably measurable objectives for improving DeKalb student achievement appears to have been developed by Kendra Marsh and Kathleen Howe for the past school year 2012-2013. Click on the link below to view DeKalb’s Balanced Scorecard for Outcome Measures:
As Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Kathleen Howe was responsible for ensuring DeKalb’s instructional program met student needs in order to maximize student achievement. However, the superintendent, the BOE and ALL of the upper level management team must also be held responsible for meeting the student performance objectives.
Balanced Scorecard CRCT target scores were set to assess upper level management’s ability to increase student achievement. The percentages are based on the number of DeKalb students meeting academic expectations in the content areas for grades 3 – 5.
See below to measure how well DCSS upper level management performed for our students on the objectives they set:
It is easy to see that most of the student achievement objectives were NOT MET, yet Mr. Thurmond has kept most of the same upper management team members in place.
Note the utter lack of critical thinking skills that went into this process for setting quantifiably measurable performance objectives. The administration merely took the scores from 2012 and added 3% for EVERY subject in grades 3 – 5. How much thought did that take? Don’t our students deserve better? Does this data show why SACS cited student achievement as a major concern for DeKalb accreditation?
Also note the total lack of follow through with respect to this most important measurement of school system’s administrative performance. The actual performance for 2013 has been left off of the entire document. The data in the chart above for the 2013 Actual performance was obtained at the Georgia DOE website and has been included in this post:
Stan Jester has posted an interesting video clip of Dr. Howe’s testimony for Dr. Walker’s hearing regarding her viewpoint of student achievement in DeKalb Schools>>
The superintendent and the BOE set all policies, procedures and programs for the DeKalb County School System. Jointly, they recommend and approve every employee hired to teach the students. The upper level management personnel who advise the superintendent and develop and recommend the school system’s policies, procedures and programs MUST have consequences for the lack of student achievement, otherwise we will not see improvement. Mr. Thurmond’s main job as superintendent is to improve student achievement. Perhaps he could start by reconstituting his upper management team. That would be Score 1 for the students.
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