Our district released its budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year at the last Board of Education meeting on June 14th.
This budget places nearly $300 million in the hands of our elected board members to spend in service of our community’s young people. It is incredibly important for the board to make these complex spending decisions guided by as much information as possible.
- View the Budget Presentation.
- View the Budget Executive Summary.
- Save the date for the final budget adoption next Wednesday, June 28th.
How does a healthy system use data to drive decision-making? The Strategic Use of Data Rubric developed by Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research is a powerful tool that can help educational organizations use data to support student success. The rubric looks at three key areas to identify needs for improvement and provide next steps for the organization to take action:
Tools like this provide a great opportunity for our community to come together to evaluate the strength of current data practices within WCCUSD based on a shared understanding of where we are and where we need to be in order to have the greatest impact for our young people.
Click below to see the rubric section on how a district should be using data and analysis to budget. It highlights the importance of aligning budget to a clear, multi-year strategy based on educational needs and setting targets through a consistent, evidence-based process.
The rubric supports what GO’s team and Family Leaders have been advocating for through our Data in Action Campaign: that all decisions about current programs and new programs being proposed in WCCUSD be informed by answers to the following questions:
I encourage you to share and engage with the rubric. GO and Family Leaders will use it to begin to assess the quality of student data shared with the public. We hope to have a positive impact on the data provided to board members to make data-driven decision making a reality for all of our schools and students.
More information on the budget to come. Thanks for staying plugged in!