Episode 6

Grading Your School District by Using a Quality Profile

January 25, 2016 | Branding, Communications

We’re talking about honest and authentic assessment of school districts this week. We’ve got all of the information you need to get started in understanding Quality Profiles.

It’s a tool for schools to grade themselves and to be authentic

These are things that our tax payers really put a premium on and this is what we are going to use to grade ourselves.

What is a Quality Profile?

The Quality Profile originated in Ohio, but as a model it is gaining traction nationwide. It’s a tool for school districts to grade themselves and be authentic, stating what specific values exist in each community and how the district is measuring up. It’s not a fluff piece and it is meant to be honest and clear representation of how the district is actually performing. Authenticity is paramount.

Three Key Characteristics of Quality Profiles

  1. Reflection of Values (measure of what the community wants/values)
  2. Data (knowing where we have been to measure where we are and where we are going)
  3. Clarity (clear and concise)

Quality profiles are unique for each district based on each community’s’ unique values, but there are key elements we believe must be a part of every quality profile. A close look at academics as a whole and the district’s finances should be included. Consistency is also important. Quality profiles that differ wildly from year to year cannot accurately help districts reflect, grade, and improve.

We believe this is a document well worth producing and it can have a huge benefit for your district. You will no longer be dependent on the state or another agency to inform you about your practices.

Click here for examples of Quality Profiles from Allerton-Hill.

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