Striving to improve … and now leading California in assessment results
You might say Folsom Cordova Unified School District (USD) is a “typical” medium-large district whose students have achieved “atypical” results: outperforming other California students in the state’s Smarter Balanced tests, part of the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. With the help of talent management technology, the district continues to close learning gaps as it provides its staff with the support needed to make good things happen.
“Very much like we do with students, we try to meet employees where they are,” said Mike Shepherd, director of HR. Mike says Folsom Cordova USD has leveraged better tools to help manage the increased workload that comes from addressing employees’ individual needs.
“The assistance we’re getting with PeopleAdmin’s TalentEd Perform is allowing us to have more accountability on a systematic level, so we can ensure that our on-the-ground managers are giving effective and meaningful feedback to our teachers,” Mike said. “Individualizing our workforce means we’re meeting the needs of our employees so they can better meet the needs of students.”
The district also has needs, which are met alongside the teachers’ through the customization of its system. “California has a strong teacher’s union and six statewide standards for educators, so Folsom Cordova USD needed a documentation tool that kept teachers happy while collecting necessary evaluation data,” said Mitch Parker, national account executive for PeopleAdmin. “The Perform system was configured to allow the school and teachers to support and defend evaluations. It saves everyone time.”
Mike adds that the district is always striving to improve, which means taking a close look at new technology and greater possibilities.
“I’m very excited about implementing TalentEd Sync 2.0 because it will help resolve some of our internal complications and relieve stress right away,” Mike said. The upgrade will empower staff to tackle its next goal: closing the achievement gap among disadvantaged student groups through instructional initiatives and hiring new intervention staff.