The Principal's Principles

A Middle School Principal, striving to make the world a better place, one day at a time.

What we measure, gets better

I’m a big believer in the adage “what we measure, gets better.” Demand for analyzed data is a call for accountability, a demand for metrics, and a statement about your values.

With this in mind, I offer the follow up statement “if what we measure gets better, we had better measure the right things.”

  • Do we measure if a learning target is posted, or if the learners in a classroom know what the learning target is?
  • Do we measure if assignments are turned in, or if our assessments truly measure learning?
  • Do we use our data to inform instruction, or simply to say “we have data” for evaluation purposes?

The difference in outcomes of these and similar questions is critical. If what we measure gets better, we had better measure the right things.

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