Fulton changes school performance expectations
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@mdjonline.com
December 21, 2012 12:00 AM | 1255 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FULTON COUNTY — A new performance management system, currently being implemented by Fulton County Schools, is designed to take Fulton to a “best-in-class school district,” according to Ronnie Wade, the district’s chief human resources officer.

Speaking at the District 7 school board community meeting Tuesday at Spalding Drive Elementary, Wade said the school system has set goals to graduate 90 percent of seniors on time by 2017. Other objectives are to make sure 85 percent of seniors are competitive for admission to colleges in the University System of Georgia and 100 percent of seniors are career-ready when they graduate.

To accomplish these goals, the district has set forth a strategy for teachers that will hold them accountable, as well as praise those who consistently meet or exceed performance requirements.

“The journey we’re on is to become a best-in-class school district,” said Wade. “We have to start with our people.”

The new performance management system is called GO and centers on growth and opportunity.

“Of all our 14,000 employees, we found that most of them only met with their supervisors once or twice a year and felt they received no meaningful feedback,” said Wade.

To create an environment of growth and opportunity, the system has laid out three points in its theory of action: have employees set goals, have employees’ expectations be clear and monitored and provide frequent feedback to employees about their work.

The system will also include a provision for corrective action.

Corrective action will result in increased monitoring, a development plan and documentation. From there, employees may either continue on the performance management system or exit the school system.

Wade said getting the system fully integrated was a three- to four-year project.
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