Enlīt Network – Introducing the Brand New Enlīt Network Newsletter – June 2015

This week we are introducing our BRAND NEW monthly newsletter in addition to the Enlīt Network Blog. The network newsletter will be a monthly update from our president, Steve Pereus. He will address changes and enhancements to Enlīt products and services, as well as provide us with a word about district efficiency and effectiveness. Enjoy. (Click link or picture above to …

Funding Student Learning by Way of a Financial System Part 2 – Why Funding Student Learning is Hard

In our last blog, we introduced a publication entitled “Funding Student Learning,” released by the National Working Group on Funding Student Learning. In the publication, Chairman Jacob E. Adams, Jr. discusses the importance of new systems in burgeoning change within education. Systems were very key in his arguments for better funding student learning. He gives us insight into how hard …

Funding Student Learning by Way of a Financial System

“Funding Student Learning by Way of a Financial System” (Part 1) It’s not news — educational finance need support. With less funds and more demand for higher student achievement results, the time has come where educators and elected officials are looking for ways to not only do more with less, but also reframe the systems used so they more effectively …

District Benchmarking Outside the Classroom

Benchmarking is a process and tool for comparing both the performance and practices of organizations that perform similar services and functions. Benchmarking is just beginning to be used broadly in education and many existing approaches use high level benchmarks, such as food service spending as a percent of total in Food Services, that only lead to the need to do more …

Lagging vs. Leading Indicators in the Balanced Scorecard

In Paul Niven’s book, Balanced Scorecard Evolution, Niven discusses the importance and difference between leading and lagging indicators when developing an effective organizational balanced scorecard. He says lagging indicators, are “performance measures that represent the consequences of actions previously taken…They frequently focus on results at the end of a time period and characterize historical performance.” Leading Indicators, on the other …

The Missing Link in District Data and Systems

Educators are learning to use data to improve student achievement.  Most districts we work with rate their ability to use data to improve student achievement as a four on a 5-point scale with five being the best rating.  These same districts rate their use of data outside the classroom at a two.  None of the districts we have talked to or work with …

The School District Spending Iceberg – What’s Below the Surface?

School districts know what departments, programs, and services are spending.  They may even understand spending/student.  However, as the tip of the iceberg is only a sliver of a monstrous mass, this spending information only gives you a small depiction of the ways schools minimally delineate the sources of spending and efficiency in each district area.  In the book, Stretching the School Dollar, Marguerite Roza from the …

Measuring Cause – Effect Between Activities and Results in Education

Posted on October 9, 2012 by Steve Most educational organizations have used the same measurement systems for years.  These measures are usually driven by state and federal reporting requirements.  A review of district web sites indicates a trends towards reporting test scores, attendance, graduation rates and traditional financial measures such as spending per student, revenues and other financial ratios. Most of these statistics measure …