The budget needs to be rooted in the priorities of the district. Intentionally created instructional priorities provide a strong basis for developing a district’s budget and strategic financial plan, as well as presenting a budget document.
- To develop goals using the SMARTER framework
- To determine gaps between a school district’s current level of performance and its desired level of performance
- To research practices shown to improve district performance to determine which practices might help it plan, budget, and attain its student achievement goals.
- To identify the instructional priorities being considered to increase student achievement
Goals should be thoughtfully developed and structured to be specific, measurable, and reasonable in order to provide a strong foundation for the budget process.
By finding root causes of problems, a district can identify the most effective solutions to achieving its goals.
The district’s instructional priorities should be informed by practices proven by research and also be limited in number to focus on items critical to optimizing performance.
A district needs to weigh its different options for achieving its goals against one another in order to focus on those with the greatest potential for student achievement impact.