SMART Goal Setting


S = Specific
M = Measurable

A = Attainable
R = Results Oriented
T = Time Bound

Goal Setting

Presentation about goal setting in the classroom (PPT)
SMART Goals Templates: School/SIP or Classroom Goals or for Students or SMART models Tree Diagram Template & Tree Diagram Sample

SMART Goals Defined
Information about goal setting with students (Printable PDF Packet)
View goal setting photos
SMART Goal School Improvement Plan (SIP) examples
Learn more about SMART goals at various web sites

A goal without a measure... or an action plan... is simply hope.  Just as school districts set goals in the strategic plan and schools set goals in the school improvement plan, so too should teachers set classroom goals with their students.  (The operable word here is "with" their students.)

Another powerful component of the continuous improvement classroom is goal setting.  Regardless of what level goal setting is taking place, goals should be in a SMART format (see Focusing on the Critical Few).  SMART goals ensure specificity, accountability and measurement (View examples of SMART Goals)

Another critical component of classroom goal setting is ensuring that classroom goals are tightly aligned to school improvement goals.  Classroom goals should be based on classroom student achievement data- focusing on the greatest areas in need of improvement.  Once classroom goals have been developed, they should be posted publicly in the classroom data center. Through collaboration with students, classroom goals can help provide focus and direction for continuous improvement.

Lastly, individual students can set personal goals that are aligned to classroom goals.  Individual student goals should focus on areas in which the student needs to improve.  Individual goals are created with assistance from the teacher and in alignment with classroom goals.  Students can post their goals in their individual student data folder and monitor and track progress through run charts or other graphing.

Baldrige based classrooms ensure alignment- not only in goal setting but in every aspect of the classroom system (see Focusing on Alignment for more detail).  In summary, goal setting is critical to the continuous improvement classroom and helps develop ownership and accountability for learning.  An ideal goal is:

  1. in a SMART goal format
  2. aligned:
    • District strategic goals aligned to School Improvement Goals
    • School Improvement goals aligned to classroom goals
    • Individual student goals aligned to classroom goals

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