Camden County Schools
State and national test scores measure student progress, but they are lagging indicators of performance, meaning that the results come too late to be used for analyzing systems or making changes for improvement. These types of test scores are like the profit/loss statement for a business - they may be historically true, but because they look backward, they don't show the whole picture and they don't suggest criteria for improvement.
The Balanced Scorecard is a way to use data as leading indicators for school improvement. The Balanced Scorecard originated in the business world, where it translates an organization's mission and vision statements into a set of performance measures and metrics. The Balanced Scorecard defines, measures, and monitors data that are often overlooked, giving a more complete and robust picture of performance. By using Balanced Scorecard measurements of a variety of criteria, you can begin to think about data in a new way and discover causes and effects that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.