What are SMART goals? SMART is an acronym that means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. A SMART goal provides the focus for the school, the classroom, and the student. SMART goals define the ‘desired’ state and a provide basis for how the measurement of success will occur.
Within the Continuous Improvement model, the SMART goals for the school are supported by the classroom SMART goals. These two components are interdependent. This cohesive relationship not only provides a sense of purpose for the students and teachers but also provides a platform in which the school can communicate to the community what is important. Individual SMART goals, often found in the student data binder, are an opportunity for the students to create ownership of their learning.
Through creating individual SMART goals, students evaluate what it is that is important to them and create a plan on how to achieve their goals. Self-monitoring and evaluating progress are vital characteristics of successful 21st Century learners.