At our most recent staff development and PLC training session, we spent half of the time working on the development of our school wide goals. Through the discussions it was generally agreed that the constant through all program areas is student persistence. It was also discussed at length that in order to develop this into a school wide goal, the definition of what is student persistence and how it was to be measured was necessary to ensure that progress toward that goal could be determined across all program areas.

It was also agreed upon that each program team would try and develop their own proposal for a school wide goal using student persistence as the foundation. We would then post those proposals here, on the blog, for open discussion and attempt to finalize the draft of a school wide goal at our next training session on May 21st.

The first proposal received is;

School Wide  SMART Goal  2010-2011

 Specific:  Increase the rate of adult students’ persistence by 10%

 Measurable:  Collect persistence data each semester.

 Attainable: Ensure that effective implementation of standards and curriculum supports individual learning goals. Publicize and assess accurate attendance records.

 Results – oriented: Based on student learning results and active student attendance according to each program’s hours.

 Time – bound:  By May 2011.

Discussion from both the PLC staff session and individual program teams have provided the following ideas related to student persistence;

Student persistence should not be a measure of student attendance alone. Student persistence should be a measure of the students progress toward their goals. In order to measure progress some rubric would need to be developed that would provide for the assignment of “grade” of the student’s completed work/progress.