SMART Goal Framework

The SMART Goal framework guides development of goals for school improvement
Specific and strategic goals are narrowly focused and likely to impact student performance.


Measurable goals are quantifiable so that progress can be evaluated.


Action orientated goals include action steps for the educator to follow.


Rigorous, realistic, and results focused goals are ambitious but achievable with specific outcomes.

 T Time-bound and tracked goals have a timeline to measure results and track progress.


Sample Goal



Blue House Middle School will increase 8th grade students’ mathematical literacy in geometry.

Currently 67% of 8th graders at Blue House Middle School are scoring proficient on the math literacy in geometry assessment questions.  In order to ensure mathematical literacy in each of the three content areas for eighth-grade geometry, teachers will incorporate essay questions into unit assessments that require elaboration of mathematical reasoning so that by the end of the 2014–15 school year, 80-percent or more of the students demonstrate proficiency on essay questions on the end-of-the-year eighth-grade math assessment.

SMART Analysis


Is the goal specific and strategic?

Yes.   The goal is narrowly focused on “three content areas for eighth-grade geometry” and involves the incorporation of “essay questions into unit assessments that require elaboration of mathematical reasoning.”


Is it measurable?

Yes.  The goal calls for “80 percent or more” of students to demonstrate proficiency.


Is it action-orientated

Yes.  The goal uses action words such as “ensure,” “incorporate” and “demonstrate.”


Is it rigorous, realistic, and results focused?

Yes.  The goal sets high but attainable expected outcomes for students and the educator.


Is it Time-bound and tracked

Yes.  The goal should be met “by the end of the 2014-15 school year.”