Last month, Norwalk ACTS released its Community Scorecard to its partnership of civic leaders and organizations that work to improve the lives of Norwalk’s children and youth. The Scorecard was unveiled at Stepping Stones Museum for Children with the expressed intent to use it as a tool to communicate specific data, results or findings to the Norwalk community.
The Scorecard was produced by Norwalk ACTS community members, working toward the overarching concept of collective impact. Collective impact is defined by a diverse group, representing many different aspects of a student’s educational timeline, with ALL organizations working toward the same outcome and looking at student level data and using that data to continuously improve practices over time.
Norwalk ACTS was assisted by KnowledgeWorks, a Cincinnati, Ohio based company that developed the nationally recognized STRIVE methodology, for building a Cradle to Career civic infrastructure. It has been adopted by school districts in 34 states. The methodology is built on the following principles:
- Shared Community Vision
- Evidenced Based Decision Making
- Collaborative Action
- Planned Investment and Sustainability
Norwalk ACTS has identified six (6) community level outcomes that coincide with a student’s educational timeline and how data can be used to help identify success.
- Norwalk children are ready to enter kindergarten.
- Norwalk students meet the GOAL level in 3rd grade reading.
- Norwalk students have the necessary skills to successfully transition from 5th to 6th grade.
- Norwalk students have the necessary skills to successfully transition from 8th to 9th grade.
- Norwalk students graduate from high school in 4 years ready for college, post secondary training or full time-employment.
- Norwalk graduates are career-ready with a college degree or professional certificate.
Nowalk ACTS expects to release its first baseline Scorecard by the end of this calendar year.
Click the thumbnail view below to see Norwalk ACTS Scorecard.