Minneapolis Public Schools take a step toward better performance and accountability

The Board of Education for Minneapolis Public Schools has approved the hiring of Jay Stroebel as Director of Results Management, a new position that it will share with the City of Minneapolis. In his work for the School District, Stroebel will drive the creation of a comprehensive results management and accountability system to ensure that performance is measured and monitored throughout the organization.

In the past five years, Stroebel has led the development of the City governments results management system, Results Minneapolis. In his new position, he will work within the schools to develop a similar system to measure performance and increase accountability within the school district.

"Building a comprehensive accountability system is a key part of MPS' strategic plan, and we are now ready to extend the type of student achievement reporting we do to the operational and administrative areas of the District," said Bernadeia Johnson, Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. "We are very excited about working with someone of Jay's expertise, and further building upon our strong working relationship with the City of Minneapolis in this innovative way."

"Results Minneapolis has been nothing short of a revolution in the way City government tracks its work and is accountable to residents," said Mayor R.T. Rybak. "I expect the school district will see the same benefits we have from a well-designed results management system. People in Minneapolis have high expectations of both City government and the school system, and performance measurement is a vital tool to make sure we’re delivering on the things that are most important."

Stroebel has been the Director of Planning and Management in the Minneapolis City Coordinator’s Office since 2005, heading up the City's strategic planning, performance management, and continuous improvement efforts. Prior to that time, he worked for the State of Minnesota in a variety of planning and performance management positions. He has a Master of Science in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Olaf College.

"Having a robust results management system is beneficial to any organization," said Stroebel. "I’m excited to join the School District to build a new system that will help it achieve its vision of making sure every child is ready for college."

Stroebel will begin his new shared position with the schools on Nov. 30. He will work with District leadership to design a results management process, develop key performance metrics, and facilitate

reporting meetings that will be part of the new results process. While the District already collects and reports data and analyses about student achievement, the newly developed system will allow the District to expand its performance measurement into departments and divisions across the organization.

Since 2006, City leaders have been regularly meeting with different departments to track progress and develop strategies to address key performance measures. In 2009, the City of Minneapolis launched the Results Minneapolis website in order to be more accountable and transparent to residents. On the site, residents can track and watch in a dynamic way how Minneapolis is performing in key service areas: public safety, education, neighborhood conditions, housing and economic development, resident health, and the environment.

Published Nov. 30, 2010