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Title: Overview of the School Improvement Plan Development Process Required by NH RSA 193H and Federal Publ


1
Overview of the School Improvement
Plan Development Process Required by NH RSA
193-H and Federal Public Law 107-110
  • NH Department of Education
  • www.ed.state.nh.us
  • May 29, 2008

Dottie Fair, Title 1 State Director Mary-Ellen
Arigo. Title I Schoolwide/CSR Coordinator Gary
Guzouskas, Administrator, School Improvement
Merry Fortier, Consultant, School Improvement
2
Topics to be Covered
  • Getting the Big Picture
  • Expectations of Schools
  • Supports from the Department of Education
  • Title I Schools Requirements and Resources

3
Overview of the School Improvement Plan
Development Process
  • Statutory Requirements

4
Statutory Requirements State and Federal Law
  • State law requires the development of a school
    improvement plan for any school officially
    designated as a school in need of improvement
    (NH RSA 193-H)
  • and
  • Federal law requires the development of a school
    improvement plan for any Title I school
    officially designated as a school in need of
    improvement
  • (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 P.L.
    107-110)

5
Statutory RequirementsDuration of the Plan
  • The school improvement plan is in effect for a
    two-year period (the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school
    years).
  • The school in need of improvement designation
    is removed once the school makes Adequate Yearly
    Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years in the
    content area(s) that caused the designation.

6
Statutory RequirementsRequired Focus and Intent
  • In contrast with local or district education
  • improvement plans which are by design long-term
  • and broad in scope, the focus of the two-year
  • improvement plan must be on strategies to
  • improve conditions and factors impacting student
  • achievement in the content area(s) that caused
  • the school to be identified for improvement.

7
Statutory RequirementsRequired Content (ALL
SCHOOLS)
  • For all schools the plan must provide the
    elements below
  • identification of the area or areas in which the
    school has not made AYP for two consecutive
    years
  • the activities the school will implement to
    address and improve the underlying issues most
    likely affecting student achievement in the
    content area(s) that caused the school to be
    identified for improvement and,
  • a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the
    Superintendent of Schools.

8
Statutory RequirementsRequired Content (TITLE 1
SCHOOLS)
  • Title I school improvement plans must contain the
    following additional components
  • An overview of the research demonstrating that
    strategies selected are of proven effectiveness
  • strategies for parent and family involvement to
    increase the likelihood of sustaining the
    intended improvement efforts
  • A description of the process by which parents,
    outside experts, and other interested community
    members were consulted in designing the plan

9
Statutory Requirements Required Content (TITLE 1
SCHOOLS) (Contd)
  • A description of the school or districts
    teacher mentoring program
  • A description of the parent notification
    process, with a copy of said notice, explaining
    the reasons for the schools designation as well
    as, if applicable, the procedures parents may use
    to request school choice for their child and,
  • A detailed budget narrative, together with a
    completed OBM Form 1

10
Statutory RequirementsTimetable for Developing
the Plan
  • June 6, 2008 designation as a school in need of
    improvement becomes official for schools electing
    not to appeal or whose appeals were unsuccessful.
    Schools have 90 calendar days from this date to
    submit a school improvement plan, even if
    continuing the appeals process to the State Board
    of Education.
  • September 5, 2008 deadline for submitting the
    plan.

11
Statutory Requirements Review and Approval
Process (ALL PLANS)
  • All plans will be reviewed to determine the
    extent to which
  • the abstract clearly describes the underlying, or
    root cause issues the proposed activities are
    proposed to address
  • the plans goals, objectives and proposed
    activities are clearly aligned with the areas(s)
    that caused the school to be identified
  • the results are written as results-oriented
    statements
  • the proposed activities are described in
    sufficient detail, with a timetable and,
  • the plan for how the activities will be monitored
    and assessed for effectiveness is clearly
    explained.

12
Statutory Requirements Review and Approval
Process (TITLE 1 SCHOOLS)
  • Additionally, for Title 1 schools the plan review
    will examine the
  • extent to which
  • the school has consulted with parents, outside
    experts, and interested community members to
    develop its plan
  • the costs associated with carrying out the
    selected activities are authorized by Title I
    and,
  • requirements for Title I schools are met.
  • Mentoring plan description
  • Budget narrative and completed applicable
    additional forms
  • Completed OBM Form 1
  • Description and copy of schools notification
    letter to parents

13
Statutory Requirements Review and Approval
Process
  • Plans meeting the requirements will be submitted
    to the State Board of Education for approval.
  • Schools will be required to submit a Progress
    Report on the status of the work of the plan at
    the end of Year 1. Reports will be reviewed and
    a report provided to the State Board.

14
Overview of the School Improvement
Plan Development Process
  • Template Design

15
Template Design A Research-based Process for
Developing a Research-based Plan
  • The planning process described in Appendix A
    utilizes research-
  • based practices characteristic of effective
    schools
  • Balanced Leadership
  • Robert Marzano, 2003
  • After the Test How Schools are Using Data to
    Close the Achievement Gap
  • Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, 2003
  • The School Portfolio Toolkit
  • Victoria Bernhardt, 2003
  • Scholastic Audits Standards and Indicators for
    School Improvement
  • Kentucky Department of Education, 2003
  • Assessment Continuum of Schoolwide Improvement
    Outcomes
  • Education Development Center 2002

16
Template Design A Research-based Process for
Developing a Research-based Plan
  • This systemic approach to planning
  • emphasizes the dynamic nature of school
    improvement committees. While the participation
    of certain groups is required, the school works
    to ensure that the right people with the right
    expertise are at the table at the right stage of
    the process
  • examines the effects of school improvement
    efforts from a data (output) perspective, rather
    than a singular focus on efforts (input)
  • involves looking at possible root causes
    affecting student achievement, and addressing
    only those that are supported with evidence,
    rather than relying on unfounded hunches

17
Template Design A Research-based Process for
Developing a Research-based Plan
  • encourages priority setting so that goals are
    achievable and directly target improvements in
    the area(s) in which the school was designated as
    a school in need of Improvement
  • results in a straightforward action plan written
    so the public can understand not only what the
    school proposes to do, but also why.

18
Overview of the School Improvement
Plan Development Process
  • Developing The Plan

19
Developing the Plan Plan Contents
  • Cover Page ------------------------
  • Abstract -----------------------------
  • Demographic Information ------
  • Plan Development and Monitoring
    --------------------------
  • Creating the Action Plan -------
  • Title I Requirements -------------
  • Memorandum of Understanding

20
Developing the Plan Plan Contents Improvement
Plan Monitoring Committee
  • To ensure timely implementation of the plan, the
    school must
  • Create a monitoring committee with diverse
    representation
  • Develop a timeline and process for the
    monitoring
  • Periodically review the implementation of the
    plan and,
  • Make adjustments in implementation as determined
    by reviews.

21
Developing the PlanPlan Contents Creating the
School Improvement Action Plan
  • This section contains the steps for developing
    the plans goals, objectives and
  • proposed strategies. The steps are
  • Completing a needs assessment activity (i.e.
    Appendix A,
  • Assessment Continuum , Root Cause
    Analysis)
  • Taking Stock
  • Reviewing our current initiatives and current
    practices
  • Reviewing the Results - What Results are we
    Getting?
  • What are the Possible reasons Why?
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Setting Improvement Goals and Achievable
    Objectives
  • Selecting Research-Based Strategies and
    Activities for Implementation
  • (Title 1 schools must include mentoring
    as one of their strategies)
  • Completing a 2008-09 School Improvement Action
    Plan form for each strategy.

22
Completing Creating The Action PlanStep 1
Conducting a Needs AssessmentTaking Stock of
Current Practice
  • A needs assessment is a logical starting point
    for developing a
  • school improvement plan. The taking stock
    activity involves a
  • review of recent and current school improvement
    initiatives to
  • consider
  • the purpose what is the initiative designed to
    do or improve?
  • has the initiative been fully implemented?
  • does the initiative target the area(s) in which
    the school did not make AYP?
  • what are the results to date? How do we know?

23
Completing Creating The Action PlanStep 1
Conducting a Needs AssessmentTaking Stock of
Current Practice
  • To begin the process of identifying the root
    cause conditions or issues impacting student
    achievement, use the guiding questions in
    Appendix A, the Continuum or Root Cause Analysis
    to review school practices in these interrelated
    domains below that are critical influences on
    teaching and learning
  • Standards-based curriculum, instruction, and
    assessment
  • Accountability and evaluation
  • Structural reform strategies
  • Leadership and governance
  • Professional development
  • Culture and climate
  • External support and resources
  • Parent and community support
  • Extended learning

24
Completing Creating The Action PlanStep 1
Conducting a Needs AssessmentTaking Stock of
Current Practice
  • Within each domain, ask
  • what factors or conditions are getting in the way
    of student achievement
  • what evidence do we have and
  • what else do we need to know to be sure?

25
Completing Creating The Action PlanStep 2 Is
what we are doing working? What does
the data show?
  • Is what we are doing working? involves the
    school improvement committee in a close look at
    student data to determine the extent to which
    school improvement efforts are actually having on
    student achievement
  • Questions to consider include
  • to what extent are students meeting the state
    performance targets in Reading and Math?
  • which student groups are not meeting the
    targets? To what extent?
  • how are students performing in other core
    academic areas?

26
Completing Creating The Action PlanStep 3
Setting Improvement Goals and Achievable
Objectives
  • The needs assessment activities can help the
    committee identify a
  • number of issues or conditions affecting student
    achievement that
  • need to be addressed over time. In deciding upon
    improvement
  • goals for this plan
  • - set priorities you cant work on everything
    at once
  • - choose goals that are realistic and achievable
    in two years
  • - when writing the goals, be sure to state what
    progress you expect to see and how progress will
    be measured.
  • Appendix A for an example).

27
Completing Creating The Action PlanStep 4
Selecting Strategies and Activities
  • As the committee considers which strategies to
    implement in order
  • to accomplish the goals, consider the following
  • What issues or conditions affecting student
    achievement will the proposed strategy address?
  • How does the strategy work? How will it improve
    the situation we are trying to address?
  • Is the research supporting the strategys
    effectiveness credible?
  • In what settings and for what populations has the
    strategy been effective?
  • Is the strategy appropriate/feasible for our
    situation?

28
Completing Creating The Action PlanPutting It
All Together
  • How to put the plan together?
  • Page 17 (Title 1) or Page 15 (Non-Title1)
    illustrates the type of information that might
    result from completing Steps 1-4
  • Page 18 (Title 1) or Page 16 (Non-Title 1)
    illustrates how that information is then
    transferred to the 2008-2009 School Improvement
    Action Plan form

29
Completing Creating The Action PlanCompleting
an 2008-2009 School Improvement Action Plan
Form(one form for each strategy )
  • AYP Area of Focus
  • Improvement Goals
  • Strategies
  • Objective(s) for each strategy
  • Proposed Activities for 2008-2009

30
Completing Creating The Action PlanSchool
Improvement Goals and StrategiesSummary
  • Follow these steps to complete the plan as
    outlined




  • Complete an 2008-2009 School Improvement Action
    Plan form for each area in which the school was
    identified for improvement , and
  • Develop additional materials as needed to meet
    Title 1 requirements.

31
Developing the PlanPlan Contents Additional
Requirements for Title 1 Schools
  • Pages 10 11 plus Appendices B C contains
  • Title 1 Budget Narrative for 2008-2009 Activities
  • Title 1 Professional Development Justification
    Form
  • Title 1 Contracted Services Justification Form
  • Title 1 Equipment Justification Form
  • Title 1 Parent Notification Requirements

32
Submitting the Plan
  • Deadline is 430 p.m. September 5 2008
  • Submit original and three (3) copies to
  • Title 1 Schools Non-Title 1 Schools
  • Kristine Braman Ellie Riel
  • Title 1 Office Bureau of Accountability
  • NH Department of Education NH Department of
    Education
  • 101 Pleasant Street 101 Pleasant Street
  • Concord, NH 03301 Concord, NH 03301
  • (603) 271-6055 (603) 271-0076

33
Resources
  • Planning grants
  • For what time period
  • Amount available
  • For what purposes
  • Application process and materials

34
For More Information
  • Download the plan template at www.ed.state.nh.us
  • Dottie Fair, Title I Administrator
  • (Tel) 271-3301 DFair_at_ed.state.nh.us
  • TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
  • Title 1 Mary Ellen Arigo (marigo_at_ed.state.nh.us
    or 271-8315)
  • Non-Title 1 Merry Fortier (mfortier_at_ed.state.nh
    .us or 271-7382)
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