Strategic Priorities, Goals, and Key Performance Indicators

Teacher and student viewing an iPadIn order to fulfill our learning vision over the next five years, OCDE has identified eight strategic priorities. Our exploration of internal and external situations led us to discover trends, competencies, needs, and opportunities that together suggested a set of strategic priorities. Surveys of stakeholders and employees enabled us to refine our sense of these priorities, which apply both to the specific work of OCDE programs and to the support that OCDE offers to all Orange County districts and schools. These priorities are not hierarchical, but are complementary. For each strategic priority, OCDE has articulated a goal and selected one or more Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) by which we can measure the progress of OCDE’s service and of Orange County’s students. These goals and KPIs are in large part derived from the priorities and measures specified in the Local Control and Accountability Plan system adopted by the State of California, and provide a common set of metrics for Orange County education. We recognize that the fulfillment of these goals, and progress on the measures associated with each, is not exclusively a function of the work of OCDE, but will rather be a product of the combined efforts of all Orange County districts, schools, educators, families, and community partners.

Strategic Priority 1 – College and Career Readiness and Success

Given the resources within this community, Orange County students should be equipped to lead the nation in college and career readiness and success. OCDE will prioritize professional development for teachers and administrators who facilitate student readiness and success. We will prioritize programs that prepare students for STEM careers and expand partnerships with businesses, community organizations, and higher education.
Goal 1 – OCDE will offer support, programs, partnerships, and professional development to facilitate annual gains in college and career readiness for Orange County (OC) students.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Proportion of OC students participating in courses of rigor
  • Proportion of OC students scoring 3 and higher on Advanced Placement exams
  • Proportion of OC students meeting A-G requirements
  • Proportion of OC students completing high school with their cohort
  • Proportion of OC students earning college degrees
  • Proportion of OC students selecting STEM majors

Strategic Priority 2 – 21st Century Competencies and Academic Standards

Parents, educators, and employers recognize that children and youth need to develop proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, and character in order to thrive in the complex world in which they are coming of age. OCDE will prioritize support to assure the effective implementation of the Common Core and other California standards to help all students in Orange County acquire 21st century competencies, which are embedded in the habits of mind and foundational concepts of the standards. Students best acquire competencies and academic proficiencies when they learn in environments that promote safety, health, and community.
Goal 2 – OCDE will offer support, programs, partnerships, and professional development to facilitate annual gains on measures of 21st century competencies and mastery of academic standards.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) test resultsTeacher and student solving a math problem on the chalkboard
  • California Academic Performance Index (API) scores
  • Proportion of OC English learners who become English proficient

Strategic Priority 3 –Local Control and Accountability Plans

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process have created a new environment for educational decision-making in California. OCDE will provide support for districts and educators as they establish instructional goals and plans and align their resources withthose goals.
Goal 3 – OCDE will offer support to districts to facilitate approval of all OC districts’ LCAP plans.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Proportion of OC districts obtaining approval of LCAP plans without intervention

Strategic Priority 4 – Technology in Support of Teaching and Learning

The digital revolution has arrived in education. OCDE will prioritize efforts to support the effective use of technology in teaching and learning, as well as support services.
Goal 4 – OCDE will offer professional development and support to increase the number of OC teachers effectively integrating technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Key Performance Indicators
  • Proportion of OC teachers trained to effectively utilize technology to support teaching and learning in their classrooms

Strategic Priority 5 – Communication and Collaboration

Many changes are underway throughout the county, inside and outside of formal education systems. The pace of change often strains communication and collaboration. OCDE will prioritize efforts to strengthen communication and collaboration within OCDE and throughout Orange County in order to tell the story of educational achievement and champion a shared learning vision for Orange County.
Goal 5 – OCDE and partners will communicate a shared learning vision for Orange County.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Survey results showing increased awareness of and support for OC education
  • Increasing number of business and community partners actively engaged with OC schools and students

Strategic Priority 6 – Special Populations

Student reading a book on the grassOCDE plays an important role in assuring that students in special populations (special education, alternative education, English learners, students from families with limited economic resources, and foster youth) experience robust learning opportunities. OCDE will prioritize efforts to expand learning opportunities for students needing special support, especially those directly served by OCDE’s alternative and special education programs.

Goal 6 - OCDE and partners will offer enhanced learning opportunities for special student populations.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Proportion of OCDE Alternative Education students who earn a high school diploma (or equivalent) either in an OCDE program or in their home district
  • Proportion of OCDE Special Education students who upon completion of their school program participate in a post secondary program (college, career training, supported work, or access to the community to continue adaptive living skills training)
  • Quality and range of supports for OC students in special populations

Strategic Priority 7 – Business Services, Legal Services, Legislative Advocacy, and OtherKey Services

OCDE provides support to districts by offering expertise across a broad range of important organizational issues. OCDE will prioritize efforts to offer effective support to districts in business services, legal services, legislative advocacy, and other key areas of organizational need.
Goal 7 - OCDE will offer enhanced support for business and legal services, legislative advocacy, and other key services.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Stakeholder satisfaction surveys

Strategic Priority 8 – The Whole Child

Student blowing a dandelion flowerRapid change, economic uncertainty, and technological overload can be unsettling and stressful. Students face daunting challenges of many kinds. Orange County educators can assure that learning environments are safe, healthy, supportive, and foster a strong sense of community from early childhood education through high school. OCDE will prioritize support for the whole child that assures personal flourishing and the development of good citizens who can make a strong contribution to their communities.
Goal 8 - OCDE will offer programs, partnerships, and professional development that will facilitate annual gains in measures of school climate and safety, and student health and civic engagement.
 Key Performance Indicators:
  • School attendance rates
  • School climate and safety survey results
  • Parental engagement levels