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Re: SMART Goals

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From: Holmgren (holmgren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Oct 02 2004 - 17:55:22 PDT


SMART stand for: goals that are: Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented, and Timebound. My husband is familiar with this from the business world. Our district is doing this to improve scores on the Basic skills tests--reading, math, and writing. (All goes back to No Child Left Behind.) When you set SMART goals you have to have indicators, measures, and targets. Goals are something like this; the second grade team's goal is to have 90% of their students succeed in passing a particular spelling test, say--. During the year, you have to test the kids four times-- a benchline test, to see where they're at, two other tests during the year, then a final test at the end of the year. A real accountability thing--what do you want your students to achieve--what are you going to do to get there--etc. etc. Our classroom teachers started this training last year--the specialists were added this year. There are three areas in which our kids need to improve in the area of reading--analysis, inference, and compare and contrast--so the goals have to do with that. My understanding ( I think), is that the specialists's goal has to have something to do with these, as well. And, we need to test the kids, keep track of the scores, make charts, so you see the percentages of kids at four different levels--what fun, with my almost 600 kids. The only art example I have seen was something written up in some literature we had to read before the workshop--this particular fith grade team's goal was to increase by 90%, their student's skill in doing a realistic drawing of a hand. I'm sorry--I don't find that a valuable goal. Anyway. I did a google search on ART SMART goals--got over a million sites--ZERO for art education. I'm really wishing I could just go back to being a painter full time (sure wish I could have made some money doing that)--this is taking all the joy of teaching away for me.

Mary H.
 
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  From: judy nash
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Saturday, October 02, 2004 9:38 AM
  Subject: Re: SMART Goals

  I haven't heard of "smart goals" but am curious as to what it is. At my school, we have instituted a "program" for just about every idea that comes up. Can you fill me in?

  Holmgren <holmgren@lakedalelink.net> wrote:
    I'm wondering if anyone has had to institute SMART goals in their schools. This was started with our classroom teachers last year (K-5)--this year, they have added the special area teachers. I am feeling overwhelmed (we had a workshop today). Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Mary H.
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