Strategic Performance Indicators

From the SDP Diagnostics, we derived a set of Strategic Performance Indicators, or SPIs. We developed the SPIs to reveal patterns and differences across our partners and to provide a broader audience of agencies with tools for understanding their own successes and challenges. Our goal with the SPIs is to establish common indicators that can be measured in a standard way and analyzed repeatedly over time and in many places. Education systems can use these indicators to benchmark progress over time, both against themselves and in relation to other organizations with similar populations.

 

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College-Going

These SPIs are derived from the SDP College-Going Diagnostics, which are descriptive analyses that document patterns of college readiness, matriculation, and college persistence. While the SDP Diagnostics were produced and customized in collaboration with each partner agency, the SPIs are based on common analytics across our partners and provide measures which any education agency can use to benchmark its performance.

Off-Track Status in High School
In Off-Track Status in High School, SDP analysts observed that the majority of students who fall academically off track in high school as measured by credits attained are already off track by the end of ninth grade. This SPI, which tracks the proportion of students who move from being “off track” to being “on track”, can serve to focus a district’s attention on at-risk students while there is time in later years to intervene and improve these students' chances of timely high school graduation.
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High School Effect on College Going
The High School Effect on College Going highlights the variation in college-going rates for students with similar levels of eighth grade academic achievement who attend different high schools within a district. The analysis reveals that in most districts, some schools have a better record of helping lower performing students successfully enroll in college. This indicator could help districts identify individual schools that are meaningfully influencing their students’ likelihood of enrolling in college.
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College Choice
College Choice examines a group of highly successful students in each district who do not attend college at all or enroll in colleges and universities that are less challenging than those for which they are academically prepared. In fact, across districts examined in these analyses, between 7 and 16 percent of high performing students do not enroll in college. Other high achieving students opt to attend less selective postsecondary institutions. Additional analyses, conducted by SDP and others, confirm that students are more likely to drop out from colleges that are not sufficiently academically challenging for them.
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Human Capital

These SPIs are derived from the SDP Human Capital Diagnostics, which are descriptive analyses that examine teacher effectiveness patterns and compare these patterns across a combination of teacher, school, and student characteristics. The diagnostics investigate several stages in teachers’ career paths, from how they are recruited and assigned to schools, to how their performance changes over time, to whether they remain in the agency or leave. While the SDP Diagnostics were produced and customized in collaboration with each partner agency, the SPIs are based on common analytics across our partners and provide measures which any education agency can use to benchmark its performance.

The Novice Teacher Placement Pattern
The Strategic Performance Indicator The Novice Teacher Placement Pattern examines whether lower-performing students are disproportionately placed in classrooms of novice teachers.
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The Effective Teacher Retention Rate
The Strategic Performance Indicator The Effective Teacher Retention Rate examines how retention rates for novice teachers differ by level of effectiveness.
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Analyses

Our Analyses 
SDP generated these SPIs through the data analysis and research diagnostics performed between 2009 and 2012 with eight partner districts: Albuquerque Public Schools (NM), Boston Public Schools (MA), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC), Fort Worth Independent School District (TX), Fulton County Schools (GA), Gwinnett County Public Schools (GA), Los Angeles Unified School District (CA), and the School District of Philadelphia (PA).
Learn more about the SDP Diagnostics.

Use Our Indicators
Education systems can replicate our analyses using their own agency's data with the SDP Toolkit for Strategic Data Use. Upon completion of the toolkit, data strategists will have the skills to assemble and explore complex data sets, like in the SDP Diagnostics. Users will understand on-time graduation trends, postsecondary enrollment and persistence, and the application of general business rules for defining key data elements. Directions on how to reproduce the The High School Effect on College Going and College Choice SPIs are included in the "Adopt" section of the toolkit.
Learn more about the SDP Toolkit for Strategic Data Use.

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