Schools and the Need For Educational Indicators
Aug 6, 2009 Teacher Training 1832 Views
In considering schools, we need to value the fact that they are not on the regular platform of making and delivering goods or services to the public and hence are very far away from commonly used concepts of handling the supply and demand continuum. Schools, on the other hand, are service-oriented organizations that endeavor to provide a basic platform to the students to encourage them to grow towards the direction of success and excellence. Developing educational indicators in schools is not as easy as it looks. It is the sole responsibility of the school to cater to a big number of students, offer a number of courses, and handle other related factors to achieve their ultimate goal of better serving the society. All these are put into play in the development of such indicators.
Upholding the rate of literacy of a nation is of utmost importance - a task that is performed by educational organizations based on the land. This is so because the economic progress of a certain country attains a particular intellectual level that serves as its significant factor. Another advantage that stems from the high level of the academic world is the steady pace at which research and development accelerates in the country. Being advanced in this area can make a vast transformation between a developed, prospering nation and an under-developed, striving nation.
Taking into consideration the responsibility of the task shouldered by academic institutions, it becomes more obvious that an educational performance tool be utilized. Systematic and logical dominance inhabitants depend on the quality of education provided by educational institutions themselves. This makes a fascinating cause to examine the standard of studies being granted by the institution to the students. An educational performance tool fits perfectly in this regard as it formulates the possibility of collection and presentation of quantifiable pieces in the form of key performance indicators or KPIs. A person can follow the developments being attained in intentions through concise calculations and assignment of standard values to the educational tool. In the event that distraction occurs from the supposed values, necessary revisions can be done appropriately.
Key performance indicators help in the performance management of schools in the form of balanced scorecards to align the methods with the school's objectives. In schools, a performance indicator can be configured under four key viewpoints, namely Resource Deployment, Academics and Satisfaction, Skills, and Academic Learning. Resource deployment shows how good the resources of the academy are, which are being used through the help of the performance indicators such as percentage increase in the total budget, the level of spending on the school materials such as books and other educational requirements, normal cost per student, and others.
Academics and satisfaction takes into account KPIs, such as the percentage of parents that are contented with the programs and services, the satisfactory level of teaching skills, and the student to teacher ratio. The academy's performance can also be measured through the use of the performance perspective tool, through the number of graduate rates, attendance rates, and the number of students who dropped out. Lastly, the education and learning perspective consists of KPIs, such as the amount of extracurricular activities held per semester, the percentage of international students, and the percentage of ethnic minorities in the campus.
With the presence of educational indicators, key issues that greatly affect the standing of the school are kept at bay. In summary, it is every school's goal to convey high standards of education to meet the growing demands of the society and this can be justified through the support of performance tools such as balanced scorecards.