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Set instructional priorities
Set Instructional Priorities | Select Priorities

The budget needs to be rooted in the priorities of the district. Intentionally created instructional priorities provide a strong basis for developing a district’s budget and strategic financial plan, as well as presenting a budget document.


  • Develop goals that address district's major needs
  • Analyze the underlying issue of any deficiencies being addressed
  • Develop priorities to accomplish goals
  • Select a limited number of priorities to pursue to maintain focus and promote success

Evaluate Choices amongst Instructional Priorities

A district needs to weigh its different options for achieving its goals against one another in order to focus on those with the greatest potential for student achievement impact.


  • Level 1: Develop process with executive management and possibly board to identify a limited number of instructional priorities to focus on - and also clearly articulate and concisely communicate out why these priorities were chosen.
  • Level 2: Include staff beyond the executive level in the prioritization process. Communication of priorities is more tailored to specific audiences using more diverse communications channels.
  • Level 3: Include public in prioritization process and also develop a strategy to authentically engage a large cross-section of stakeholders.

Your Quick Wins

  • Quick Win: Put together evaluation criteria and fundamental make up of an instructional priority.
  • Why important?  Sets expectations for what should be developed.