The Road Map Region Race to the Top Consortium has developed ambitious yet achievable goals that will demonstrate improved student learning from preschool through college and career. Continuous improvement, driven by timely and objective data, is a core value of the Consortium.
The Consortium is in the unique position to use many measures that are or will be tracked and broadly reported on to key stakeholders and the public due to their participation in the Road Map Project. These measures, called the Road Map Indicators of Student Success, were established in 2010 through an extensive public process. In 2010, several topic-specific Work Groups, with help from the Education Results Network, studied the research and examined the indicators used by other cradle-to-college-and-career initiatives. Each Work Group nominated a set of indicators, and the final list was approved by the Road Map Project Sponsors.
Our investment approach is outcome-based, and each investment we make is expected to meet key milestones and contribute to achievement of our goals performance measures. Contracts and investment agreements will be written with clarity regarding milestones and targets, and require regular reporting on progress against the plan. The PSESD staff team, with assistance as requested from the Road Map Project, monitors investment results and reports quarterly to the Executive Committee. Projects not on target will need to address their issues and propose rapid course corrections. This is true for investments specific to one district, as well as system-wide investments.
Results are measured and reported in two ways for the Race to the Top Grant, as required by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Goal Areas focus on student outcomes
- Performance Measures help measure ongoing progress during implementation and provide leading indicators of success
Both Goal Areas and Performance Measures have baseline data and annual targets we must meet. Targets were set in two ways. Some targets were set using the federal Annual Measurable Objectives that all districts already use as required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Other targets were set through the Road Map Project process and stakeholders.