Understanding Continuous Improvement: Goals, Objectives, Strategies and Activities

Rationale: The development of goals and objectives to be obtained through strategies and activities is an essential component of executing a continuous improvement plan. In short, the Needs Assessment completed during Phase II expresses the school or district’s CURRENT STATE, while goals, objectives, strategies and activities should succinctly plot the school or district’s course to their DESIRED STATE. Here are the operational definitions of each:

Goal: Long-term target based on Kentucky Board of Education Goals. Schools may supplement with individual or district goals.

Objective: Short-term target to be attained by the end of the current school year.

Strategy: Research-based approach based on the 6 Key Core Work Processes designed to systematically address the process, practice or condition that the school/district will focus its efforts upon in order to reach its goals/objectives.

Activity: The actionable steps used to deploy the chosen strategy.

Key Core Work Processes: A series of processes that involve the majority of an organization’s workforce and relate to its core competencies. These are the factors that determine an organization’s success and help it prioritize areas for growth.

Guidelines for Building an Improvement Plan


1: Proficiency

State your Proficiency Goal 

Goal 1: By 2020, RCSHS will increase the percentage of students meeting proficiency (meeting or exceeding benchmark on college admission or placement test) by 3%.

Which Strategy will the school/district use to address this goal? (The Strategy can be based upon the six Key Core Work Processes listed below or another research-based approach. Provide justification and/or attach evidence for why the strategy was chosen.)

Which Activities will the school/district deploy based on the strategy or strategies chosen? (The links to the Key Core Work Processes activity bank below may be a helpful resource. Provide a brief explanation or justification for the activity. 

Identify the timeline for the activity or activities, the person(s) responsible for ensuring the fidelity of the activity or activities, and necessary funding to execute the activity or activities.

Objective        

Strategy

Activities to deploy strategy

Measure of Success

Progress Monitoring Date & Notes

Funding

Objective 1:

By 2018, RCSHS will increase the percentage of proficient students in ACT reading from 54.5% to 55.5%.

KCWP 3: All teachers monitor and evaluate the use of assessment results to

guide instruction.

Create formative and summative assessments that are aligned to the standards.

Rigor of formative assessments match rigor of summative assessments

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Use classroom assessments to inform teacher’s instructional decisions.

RTI implemented based on individual student need.

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

KCWP3: All teachers monitor and evaluate achievement as related to the learning target and standards.

Ensure that formative assessment practices allow students to understand where they are going, where they currently are, and how they can close the gap.

Feedback and goal setting are used in the classroom.

Student Goal Setting Sheets

Student Conferencing

Ensure that all users of assessment data use information to benefit student learning.

Teacher/student conferencing

Student Goal Setting Sheets

Student Conferencing

KCWP2: Process in place to ensure students have an understanding of learning expectations (e.g., learning targets, goal setting, purpose) and know the criteria for success.

Implement formal and informal processes that teachers and students utilize to gather evidence to directly improve the learning of students assessed.

PDSA Classroom Model/PLC Protocol

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Construct studentfriendly learning targets.

Plan strategically in the selection of high yield instructional strategy usage within lessons.

Utilize knowledge of best practice/high yield instructional strategies to aid in curricular adjustments when students fail to meet mastery.

Plan for and implement active student engagement strategies.

Use formative and summative evidence to inform what comes next for individual students and groups of students.

PDSA Classroom Model/PLC Protocol

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Objective 2:

By 2018, RCSHS will increase the percentage of proficient students in ACT math from 39.9% to 40.9%.

KCWP 3: All teachers monitor and evaluate the use of assessment results to

guide instruction.

Create formative and summative assessments that are aligned to the standards.

Rigor of formative assessments match rigor of summative assessments

Use classroom assessments to inform teacher’s instructional decisions.

RTI implemented based on individual student need.

KCWP3: All teachers monitor and evaluate achievement as related to the learning target and standards.

Ensure that formative assessment practices allow students to understand where they are going, where they currently are, and how they can close the gap.

Feedback and goal setting are used in the classroom

Ensure that all users of assessment data use information to benefit student learning.

Teacher/student conferencing

KCWP2: Process in place to ensure students have an understanding of learning expectations (e.g., learning targets, goal setting, purpose) and know the criteria for success.

Implement formal and informal processes that teachers and students utilize to gather evidence to directly improve the learning of students assessed.

PDSA Classroom Model/PLC Protocol

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Construct studentfriendly learning targets.

Plan strategically in the selection of high yield instructional strategy usage within lessons.

Utilize knowledge of best practice/high yield instructional strategies to aid in curricular adjustments when students fail to meet mastery.

Plan for and implement active student engagement strategies.

Use formative and summative evidence to inform what comes next for individual students and groups of students.

PDSA Classroom Model/PLC Protocol

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

2: Gap

State your Gap Goal

Goal 2: By 2020, RCSHS will increase the percentage of gap students meeting proficiency (meeting or exceeding benchmark on college admission or placement test) by 3%.

Which Strategy will the school/district use to address this goal? (The Strategy can be based upon the six Key Core Work Processes listed below or another research-based approach. Provide justification and/or attach evidence for why the strategy was chosen.)

Which Activities will the school/district deploy based on the strategy or strategies chosen? (The links to the Key Core Work Processes activity bank below may be a helpful resource. Provide a brief explanation or justification for the activity. 

Identify the timeline for the activity or activities, the person(s) responsible for ensuring the fidelity of the activity or activities, and necessary funding to execute the activity or activities.

Objective

Strategy

Activities to deploy strategy

Measure of Success

Progress Monitoring Date & Notes

Funding

Objective 1:

By 2018, RCSHS will increase the percentage of proficient gap students in ACT reading from 43.3% to 44.3%.

KCWP 3: All teachers monitor and evaluate the use of assessment results to

guide instruction.

Create formative and summative assessments that are aligned to the standards.

Rigor of formative assessments match rigor of summative assessments

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Use classroom assessments to inform teacher’s instructional decisions.

RTI implemented based on individual student need.

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

KCWP3: All teachers monitor and evaluate achievement as related to the learning target and standards.

Ensure that formative assessment practices allow students to understand where they are going, where they currently are, and how they can close the gap.

Feedback and goal setting are used in the classroom.

Student Goal Setting Sheets

Student Conferencing

Ensure that all users of assessment data use information to benefit student learning.

Teacher/student conferencing

Ensure that all users of assessment data use information to benefit student learning.

KCWP2: Process in place to ensure students have an understanding of learning expectations (e.g., learning targets, goal setting, purpose) and know the criteria for success.

Implement formal and informal processes that teachers and students utilize to gather evidence to directly improve the learning of students assessed.

PDSA Classroom Model/PLC Protocol

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Construct studentfriendly learning targets.

Plan strategically in the selection of high yield instructional strategy usage within lessons.

Utilize knowledge of best practice/high yield instructional strategies to aid in curricular adjustments when students fail to meet mastery.

Plan for and implement active student engagement strategies.

Use formative and summative evidence to inform what comes next for individual students and groups of students.

PDSA Classroom Model/PLC Protocol

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Objective 2:

By 2018, RCSHS will increase the percentage of proficient gap students in ACT math from 30.7% to 31.7%.

KCWP 3: All teachers monitor and evaluate the use of assessment results to

guide instruction.

Create formative and summative assessments that are aligned to the standards.

Rigor of formative assessments match rigor of summative assessments

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Use classroom assessments to inform teacher’s instructional decisions.

RTI implemented based on individual student need.

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

KCWP3: All teachers monitor and evaluate achievement as related to the learning target and standards.

Ensure that formative assessment practices allow students to understand where they are going, where they currently are, and how they can close the gap.

Feedback and goal setting are used in the classroom

Student Goal Setting Sheets

Student Conferencing

Ensure that all users of assessment data use information to benefit student learning.

Teacher/student conferencing

Ensure that all users of assessment data use information to benefit student learning.

KCWP2: Process in place to ensure students have an understanding of learning expectations (e.g., learning targets, goal setting, purpose) and know the criteria for success.

Implement formal and informal processes that teachers and students utilize to gather evidence to directly improve the learning of students assessed.

PDSA Classroom Model/PLC Protocol

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Construct studentfriendly learning targets.

Plan strategically in the selection of high yield instructional strategy usage within lessons.

Utilize knowledge of best practice/high yield instructional strategies to aid in curricular adjustments when students fail to meet mastery.

Plan for and implement active student engagement strategies.

Use formative and summative evidence to inform what comes next for individual students and groups of students.

PDSA Classroom Model/PLC Protocol

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

3: Graduation rate        

State your Graduation rate Goal

Goal 3: RCSHS will increase the Graduation Rate from 97.2% to 98.2% by 2020, as measured by the 5-Year Cohort Graduation Rate.

Which Strategy will the school/district use to address this goal? (The Strategy can be based upon the six Key Core Work Processes listed below or another research-based approach. Provide justification and/or attach evidence for why the strategy was chosen.)

Which Activities will the school/district deploy based on the strategy or strategies chosen? (The links to the Key Core Work Processes activity bank below may be a helpful resource. Provide a brief explanation or justification for the activity. 

Identify the timeline for the activity or activities, the person(s) responsible for ensuring the fidelity of the activity or activities, and necessary funding to execute the activity or activities.

Objective

Strategy

Activities to deploy strategy

Measure of Success

Progress Monitoring Date & Notes

Funding

Objective 1:

RCSHS will increase the Graduation Rate from 97.2% to 97.5% by 2018, as measured by the 5-Year Cohort Graduation Rate.

KCWP6: Establishing Learning Culture and Environment.

Continue to implement systems that address individual student needs.  

Ensure that all available resources are deployed to assist students in need, i.e. FRYSC, DPP, Cabinet for Family and Children, etc.

Data Teaming around intervention programs.

Service Team meetings.

Weekly PLC’s

Weekly Service Team Meetings

Ensure that student conferencing occurs on a regular basis and such discussions support a culture for learning.

Student/Teacher/

Administration conferences

Student Goal Setting Sheets

Student Conferencing

4: Growth

State your Growth Goal

Goal 4: NA

Which Strategy will the school/district use to address this goal? (The Strategy can be based upon the six Key Core Work Processes listed below or another research-based approach. Provide justification and/or attach evidence for why the strategy was chosen.)

Which Activities will the school/district deploy based on the strategy or strategies chosen? (The links to the Key Core Work Processes activity bank below may be a helpful resource. Provide a brief explanation or justification for the activity. 

Identify the timeline for the activity or activities, the person(s) responsible for ensuring the fidelity of the activity or activities, and necessary funding to execute the activity or activities.

Objective

Strategy

Activities to deploy strategy

Measure of Success

Progress Monitoring Date & Notes

Funding

Objective 1:

Objective 2:


5: Transition readiness

State your Transition readiness Goal

Goal 5: Increase the percentage of students who are Transition Ready from 73.8% (2017) to 83.8% by 2020.

Which Strategy will the school/district use to address this goal? (The Strategy can be based upon the six Key Core Work Processes listed below or another research-based approach. Provide justification and/or attach evidence for why the strategy was chosen.)

Which Activities will the school/district deploy based on the strategy or strategies chosen? (The links to the Key Core Work Processes activity bank below may be a helpful resource. Provide a brief explanation or justification for the activity. 

Identify the timeline for the activity or activities, the person(s) responsible for ensuring the fidelity of the activity or activities, and necessary funding to execute the activity or activities.

Objective

Strategy

Activities to deploy strategy

Measure of Success

Progress Monitoring Date & Notes

Funding

Objective 1:

Increase the percentage of students who are College Ready from 66.7% (2017) to 69.7% by 2018.

KCWP 3: All teachers monitor and evaluate the use of assessment results to

guide instruction.

Create formative and summative assessments that are aligned to the standards.

Rigor of formative assessments match rigor of summative assessments

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Use classroom assessments to inform teacher’s instructional decisions.

RTI implemented based on individual student need.

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Objective 2:

Increase the percentage of students who are Career Ready from 11.0% (2017) to 13% by 2018.

KCWP 3: All teachers monitor and evaluate the use of assessment results to

guide instruction.

Create formative and summative assessments that are aligned to the standards.

Rigor of formative assessments match rigor of summative assessments

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Use classroom assessments to inform teacher’s instructional decisions.

RTI implemented based on individual student need.

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Objective 3:

Increase the percentage of students who are Military Ready from 1.0% (2017) to 1.5% by 2018.

KCWP 3: All teachers monitor and evaluate the use of assessment results to

guide instruction.

Create formative and summative assessments that are aligned to the standards.

Rigor of formative assessments match rigor of summative assessments

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin

Use classroom assessments to inform teacher’s instructional decisions.

RTI implemented based on individual student need.

Weekly PLC’s – Departments/Admin

Weekly Walkthroughs - Admin


6: Other (optional)

State your Other Goal (optional)

Goal 6:

Which Strategy will the school/district use to address this goal? (The Strategy can be based upon the six Key Core Work Processes listed below or another research-based approach. Provide justification and/or attach evidence for why the strategy was chosen.)

Which Activities will the school/district deploy based on the strategy or strategies chosen? (The links to the Key Core Work Processes activity bank below may be a helpful resource. Provide a brief explanation or justification for the activity. 

Identify the timeline for the activity or activities, the person(s) responsible for ensuring the fidelity of the activity or activities, and necessary funding to execute the activity or activities.

Objective

Strategy

Activities to deploy strategy

Measure of Success

Progress Monitoring Date & Notes

Funding

Objective 1:

Objective 2: