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Mental Health Targets
Mental Health Targets

Targets support the evaluation process. Clear identification and communication of the targets is key to board and school improvement planning. The following principles have been identified to support effective target setting.​


Principles of Effective Target Setting

​Targets are effective when they: 

  • are established through a collaborative process;
  • are specific and based on identified needs;
  • align with the collective and strategic efforts within the system, school and classrooms;
  • identify the progress expected at specific checkpoints;
  • are ambitious and attainable predictions of intended results;
  • are motivational for continuous improvement; and
  • evaluate the impact of strategic actions on student achievement and well-being.


Three Types of Targets: Implementation, Perception, Achievement

  • Implementation targets are established to measure whether strategic actions in the BIPSA are being implemented as intended.
  • Perception targets are established to measure the perceptions of students about their school environment with regard to their learning and well-being. Revised school climate survey questions will be implemented in 2017 to gather baseline data specific to the current BIPSA and to set targets for the mid-cycle and five-year checkpoints.
  • Achievement targets are established to measure whether desired results are being realized with regard to student achievement.


Progress will be evaluated at three checkpoints:

  • Early-Cycle Checkpoint: 2017

  • Mid-Cycle Checkpoint: 2019

  • Five-Year Target: 2021

At each checkpoint, evidence of impact will be used to refine targets and actions as well as next steps required to drive continuous improvement.  



Mental Health Implementation Targets

Early-Cycle Checkpoint
By 2017, school staff have a collective understanding and are beginning to develop the conditions of a mentally healthy environment for students. 

Mid-Cycle Checkpoint

By 2019, the conditions of a mentally healthy environment for students is evident in school and classroom practices. 

Five-Year Target

By 2021, school staff have embedded and are refining practices that create the conditions of a mentally healthy environment for students.

Mental Health Perception Targets

Early-Cycle Checkpoint
In 2017, questions will be included in the School Climate Survey based on the Mental Health Theory of Action. Baseline data will be collected and perception targets set for 2021.

Mid-Cycle Checkpoint

By 2019, students will show progress towards the five-year perception targets, showing improvements in students’ perceptions of a mentally healthy environment at school.

Five-Year Target

By 2021, the perception targets established in 2017 for the Mental Health Strategy will be achieved.

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