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Key Decision Making Criteria To Be Used In Evaluating Major Decisions At All Levels

Critical Questions

Purpose - Why is this important for students to know and be able to do? o Does the report/recommendation clearly address why the program or service is important for student achievement or well-being? o Does it indicate which of the strategic goals are being addressed?

Parameters - What do we already have in place that successfully addresses this goal? o Which sub-groups are being adequately served? o Under what conditions and at what costs are existing courses, programs, and services working? o What evidence do you have to support your assessment of their success?

Principles - What do we need to change so that underachieving or underserved subgroups can be successful?

o What sub-groups are you attempting to reach? o What data do you have on the sub-group's current performance? o What research or data do you have to suggest that your recommended course, program, or service will meet this group's needs? o How will this program or service impact delivery of existing programs that are already meeting the needs of other sub-groups? o What would success for this group look like: what would students be able to do if this program or service was effective and how would you assess their progress? Priorities - Will your proposed program make a significant difference? o Is this the only course, program, or service that was considered? o If so, why? If not why is this more likely than others to be successful? o How do costs for this course, program, or service compare to others that were considered? All major district committees, levels, or departments, should complete the task analysis checklist below prior to engaging a taskforce to study a significant issue. All other groups should strongly consider using such a task analysis checklist to guide your work and to provide credibility for your recommendations.