New report shows how OCDE measures up against eight strategic goals

A new report released by Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares shows OCDE’s progress toward meeting its long-range strategic goals.

It’s called “Measuring Up: Strategic Priorities and Key Performance Indicators 2017-18,” and it can be accessed clicking on the link or the graphic below.

Measuring Up title cardIn 2014, OCDE introduced a new Strategic Plan in support of the vision that “Orange County students will lead the nation in college and career readiness and success.” That roadmap, which was refreshed in 2016, features eight strategic priorities, along with desired outcomes and key performance indicators.

OCDE uses a raft of metrics to track the progress of its programs and services, as well as the overall performance of Orange County’s schools and students. (The department also conducts an online survey each year, but more on that in a moment.) While these indicators are typically included in comprehensive annual reports, Superintendent Mijares says the two-page “Measuring Up” publication was designed to offer a concise, user-friendly snapshot of how OCDE is measuring up.

“As you can see, there are encouraging signs, including the fact that Orange County students posted higher average scores than California as a whole on English and math assessments aligned with the state standards,” Mijares writes in the introduction. “But the data also reveal challenges that need our attention, and that’s precisely the point.”

In the interest of continued feedback, OCDE is also encouraging educators, students, parents, administrators and others to take its latest Stakeholder Survey, which will target organizational strengths along with opportunities for improvement. The survey should take less than 10 minutes, and all responses will be kept confidential.

To learn more about OCDE’s Strategic Plan and core priorities, visit the department’s website.