District and School Improvement PlanningWhat is School Improvement anyway, and who needs to do it?School Improvement is a continuous process schools use to ensure that all students are achieving at high levels. All schools, in collaboration with families, students, and communities, can create better environments so that all students are successful. Continuous improvement of public schools is essential to providing increased student performance and quality results. Innovative, exemplary, and research-based programs, coupled with staff development, focused and aligned resources, and public participation in planning are critical factors in improving schools.All schools should engage in school improvement planning. The Washington State Board of Education in WAC 180-16-220 requires that each school district receiving state basic education funds MUST develop a school improvement plan or process based on self-review of the school's program for the purpose of annual building approval by the district.
In the Mt. Adams School District, each school and the district have improvement plans. Each plan is required to be data driven, promote a positive impact on student learning, and include a continuous improvement process that shall mean the ongoing process used by a school to monitor, adjust, and update its school improvement plan.
Harrah Elementary School, Mt. Adams Middle School and White Swan High School plans all align to the 7 Turnaround Principles required of schools in the school improvement process and have been submitted electronically using Indistar, a web-based system implemented by OSPI for use with district and/or school improvement teams to inform, coach, sustain, track, and report improvement activities. Deadlines met included October 28, February 28 and May 30.
Mt. Adams School District has also developed a district plan that aligns to the 7 Turnaround Principles and has met all required deadlines.
Principle 1: Strong leadership
Principle 2: Staff evaluation and professional development - Professional development
Principle 3: Expanded time for student learning and teacher collaboration - Expanded time for student learning and teacher collaboration
Principle 4: Rigorous, aligned instruction - Expecting and monitoring sound instruction in a variety of modes
Principle 5: Use of data for school improvement and instruction - Assessing student learning frequently with standards-based assessments
Principle 6: Safety, discipline, and social, emotional, and physical health - School and classroom culturePrinciple 7: Family and community engagement - Defining the purpose, policies, and practices of a school community
Being a Schoolwide Title 1, Part A district, all school’s plans must contain the ten Title 1 component requirements and evidence that the plans have been implemented. All three schools submitted this evidence by the February 28 deadline through our Indistar plans.
For a copy of district and/or school building School Improvement Plans, contact Dana Jarnecke, Director of Teaching & Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 874-8652.