Mansfield ISD's strategic plan, Vision 2030, is a reflection of the great responsibility schools have—to ensure students are prepared for the real world.
The mission, vision, values and guiding statements of the plan were put into place to ensure that all MISD students graduate college, career and life ready.
An important component of Vision 2030 is the student scorecard. The scorecard is designed to take students of all grade levels on a journey of continuous development by combining technology and educator support to assist students with developing critical skills for success beyond high school.
The scorecards are scheduled to roll out to all students in October. Before then, high school student leaders from across the district met to brainstorm ways to spread the news of the scorecards to their peers.
“They’re actually going to design how this communication looks, and be a part of the communication, and really explain what the student scorecard is and means for students,” said Superintendent Dr. Kimberley Cantu. “Who better to do that than the student leaders themselves.”
During the Sept. 21 meeting, students learned about the sections of the scorecard, which include various research-based college-readiness, career-readiness and life-readiness indicators. They are using the information they learned to inform others.
“I think it was a great way to see all the student leaders from all the student councils and MISD and collaborate ideas, be able to showcase what we know, and how to implement this idea into students' minds in order for them to understand,” said Leah Richard, senior at Mansfield High School.
Richard added that she thinks the scorecard is a great way to measure where she is as a student and thinks it’s a great help in getting her prepared for her future.
“It allows me to see, ‘Hey! I’m lacking in this area. I can talk to my counselor about that. How do I apply for FAFSA? Where do I apply for FAFSA?’ I think it’s a really great way to reference the things I need to know,” she said.
No matter which path a student chooses to take after graduation, the student scorecard can help them prepare for it. Superintendent Dr. Cantu said it was exciting to see the students engaging in dialogue and taking ownership of their scorecard.
“I think it’s important for students to be a part of their scorecard, partly because of ownership and accountability,” said Dr. Cantu. “It’s also getting them prepared in tracking their own data and really seeing what it is that they need to be college, career and life ready; and then owning that, and then also being able to engage in dialogue with their parents, with their counselor, with their teachers about where they are in the process.”
Student scorecards are broken down into four levels—kindergarten through fourth grade, fifth through sixth grade, seventh through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade. More information about the readiness indicators in those scorecards is available here.