Private sector entities rarely share what best practices they have employed to attain a competitive advantage. This is exactly the opposite of my experience in K12. Superintendents, administrators, educators want to share best practices so others can gain those advantages.
But a common question comes up when I discuss why a district should compare their performance to another district’s performance, “Why should I compare to another district when I track my progress regularly?”
Benchmarking your performance to others can have a big impact on your decisions. Here are the top three reasons to benchmark your district’s performance:
- Benchmarking allows you to locate strengths, weaknesses, where you have the biggest opportunity for improvement.
- Understanding what the difference between you and the top performers gives you a clear bar for excellence.
- Identifying who the best are and how they are performing differently, gives you a major advantage in identifying what changes you can make to improve performance.
The ActPoint KPI Community (a forum feature for active subscribers to ActPoint KPI) allows you to identify top performing districts, benchmark you performance to them and then ask them what they are doing to be a top performer. This video shares the process.