SMARTERObjectives S-specific performance M-measurable A-attainable R-results focused T-time bound E-encompassing R-reviewed frequently
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 organization. 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 SMARTERObjectives? • 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 SMARTERObjective • 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.