The top level goal in education is most often measured by achievement on standardized tests. Unfortunately, by the time the test is administered, it is often too late to make a difference. During a project with Chicago Public Schools to help turn around the failing Medill School, we developed a Strategy Map for the project. Strategy Maps are a graphical representation of the Balanced Scorecard approach for driving change.
The key to the Balanced Scorecard / Strategy Map is to layout the sequence of events leading to the ultimate “How do we measure success?” question. In this situation it is:
A strong financial base
Allows us to hire the teachers and create the infrastructure