In schools as elsewhere, knowing what works and what doesn’t makes the difference between success and failure. But in the U.S. public school system, objectively measuring and analyzing what works—what helps kids learn, teachers teach and schools excel—can seem almost impossible.
Insight into the reams of educational data collected daily could change everything. That belief drives our investments in performance-driven education and support for data-driven instruction, which rely on objective, longitudinal data to fuel real-time insights and continuous improvement in every classroom and school in the country.
Performance-driven education enables:
- Data-driven instruction, which gives teachers access to the information and data that can help them analyze student performance, adjust instructional strategies and better determine what’s working and what isn’t working
- School portfolio management, so district administrators have access to school performance data to facilitate decisions about supports, rewards and consequences
- Educator evaluation, so principals can use objective performance data to make decisions about development, promotion, and dismissal
- Performance-based budgeting, so education agencies have access to the performance data to evaluate the best use of limited resources
- Balanced scorecard processes, so administrators and school boards have performance data to track strategy and goals and make mid-course adjustments
In school reform, there are no silver-bullet solutions. But timely, performance-based insights can help students, teachers, parents, principals, school districts and the nation achieve sustainable, systemic improvements.
PERFORMANCE-DRIVEN EDUCATION STRATEGY
We work to improve the US public education system and outcomes for all students. We fund initiatives that create a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration and innovation through the systematic use of data at all levels of educational administration—from the classroom to the school board room to the statehouse.