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 2018, McBrayer Elementary will increase the combined (reading and math) percentage of proficient/distinguished students from 53.0% to 73.8% as indicated by the 2018-19 KREP scores.

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: McBrayer Elementary will increase the number of proficient students in math from 48.9% to 65.7% by 2017 as indicated by the 2017-2018 KPREP scores.

1. Design and Deploy Standards

1a. Professional Development time will be provided to allow for teachers and administration to create and share resource/curriculum documents.

Completed resource with standards, student friendly learning targets, resources and assessments.

Aug. 2018

$500.00 PD Funds

1b. Administration and teacher representatives will be given an opportunity to visit high performing schools to obtain information and guidance on developing standards based resources for the classroom that include high impact strategies.  

Completion of site visits and information shared during PLC’s and faculty meetings.

Feb. 2018

0

1c. Teachers will have access to chrome books to use in the classroom that will allow students participation in Math Facts technology program, which will support math fluency.

Monitoring of data reports.

Nov. 2018-May 2019

$3000.00 SEEK Funds

1d. All classroom teachers will implement the use of a schoolwide, standards base curriculum/instructional resource that has aligned standards, learning targets and assessments for math.

Feedback given through school wide walkthroughs.

Jan. 2018-May 2019

0

2. Design and Deliver Instruction

2a. PIMSER will conduct schoolwide walkthroughs to provide feedback on classroom instruction and assessments.

Completion of walkthroughs.

Sept. 2018

Dec. 2018

Feb. 2019

$3000.00 Title 1

2b. Teachers will assist students in writing goals and graphing progress on MAP Math, Common Assessments, etc throughout the school year.

Evidence in student leadership binders.

Jan. 208-Nov. 2018

0

3. Design and Deliver Instruction

3a. Teacher representatives will work in a vertical team to discuss common mathematical vocabulary that will be used in all classrooms.

Completion of mathematical vocabulary list.

Aug. 2018

0

Objective 2:

McBrayer Elementary will increase the number of proficient students in reading from 57.1% to 71.2% by 2017 as indicated by the 2017-18 KPREP scores.

1.Desin and Deploy Standards

1a. All classroom teachers will implement the use of a schoolwide, standards base curriculum/instructional resource that has aligned standards, learning targets and assessments for language arts.

Completed resource with standards, student friendly learning targets, resources and assessments.

Aug. 2018  

0

1b. Administration and teacher representatives will visit high performing schools to obtain information and guidance on developing standards based resources for the classroom.  

Completion of site visits and information shared during PLC’s and faculty meetings.

Feb. 2018

0

2. Design and Deliver Instruction

2a. All teachers will develop whole group reading lesson plans that ensure the direct explicit model of instruction is implemented (gradual release model).

PLC meeting notes and lesson plan documentation.

Nov. 2017-May 2018

0

2b. Jan Richardson resources will be reviewed and discussed during PLC to support development of differentiated lesson plans.

Professional Dev. and PLC Meetings.

Nov. 2017- May 2018

0

2c. Teachers will assist students in writing goals and graphing progress on MAP Reading, Fry Words, etc throughout the school year.

Evidence of students graphing in Leadership Binders.

Jan. 2018- Nov. 2018

0

2d. Word Walls will be posted according to content. K-5 will have Tier I words will be placed on the word wall. An illustration will be provided with each word, if applicable for K-1st grades.

Evidence of word walls in the classroom.

Jan. 2018- Nov. 2018

0

3. Design and Deliver Instruction

3a. Teachers will have access to chrome books to use in the classroom that will allow students participation in Reading Eggs program.

Reading Eggs Data

Nov. 2017-May 2018

$3000.00 Title 1

Goal 2: By 2018, McBrayer Elementary will increase the percentage of proficient and distinguished students to 74.8% in the content area of social studies. .

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 1:

McBrayer Elementary will increase the number of proficient students in social studies from 60% to 69.8% by 2017.

1. Design and Deploy Standards

1a. All teachers will collaborate to develop a Social Studies curriculum map that is vertically aligned.  

Teachers will have completed a timeline for social studies units.

Aug. 2018

0

1b. During common planning teachers will discuss social studies units and assessments.

PLC notes and documented assessment data.

Aug. 2018-May 2018

0

1c Teachers will include in weekly lesson plans social studies related curriculum.

Teachers will have examples of SS connections in lesson plans.

Aug. 2018-May 2018

0

2. Design and Deliver Instruction

2a Teachers will use interactive notebooks to ensure student participation and engagement during social studies lessons. Interactive notebooks will be modeled and used to document learning.

Documentation of student engagement during walkthroughs.

Aug. 2018-May 2018

0

2b Formative assessments will be aligned to social studies standards.

Students will show 80% master of social studies content.

Aug. 2018- May 2018

0

2c. Field trips will be planned that connect to social studies content to enhance social studies curriculum.

Field trip plan developed to connect to SS curriculum.

Aug. 2018- May 2018

$3000.00 SEEK and Activity Fund- PTO

2d. K-2 teachers will collaborate to ensure that appropriate foundational skills in social studies are adequately being addressed.

Documentation of lesson plans.

Nov. 2017- Nov. 2018

0

Goal 3: By 2018, McBrayer Elementary will increase the percentage of proficient and distinguished students to 64.5% in the content area of writing.

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 1: McBrayer Elementary will increase the number of proficient students in writing from 53.8% to 57.4% by 2017.

1.Design and Deliver Instruction

1a. Teachers will model, teach, and assess the three types of writing (Opinion, Narrative and Informational) following school writing timeline.

Evidence of student writing samples.

Nov. 2018-May 2018

0

1b. Teachers and administration will meet in vertical teams to review student-writing pieces and discuss strengths, weaknesses, and next steps.

Evidence of Faculty Meeting agenda.

Jan. 2018-May 2018

0

1c. Teachers will share exemplary writing examples, and expectations for student writing on a weekly basis.  

Evidence documented in walkthroughs.

Jan. 2018-Nov. 2018

0

1d. Teacher will post feedback; standard, prompt and example of writing prompt with student work in writing once a month.

Evidence of Student work

Jan. 2018-Nov. 2018

0

        

2: Gap

State your Gap Goal

Goal 4: By 2018, McBrayer Elementary will increase the average combined reading and math proficiency rates for all students in the gap group (non-duplicated) from 37.1% to 66.8%.

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:  McBrayer Elementary will the increase the average combined reading and math proficiency rates for all students in the gap group (non-duplicated) from 37.1% to 60.1% by 2017.

1.Design and Deliver Instruction

1a. All teachers will utilize appropriate research-based interventions for all students.

Evidence of small group development in PLC and common planning as well as walkthrough evidence.

Jan. 2018- Nov. 2018

$3000.00 Title 1 Funds

1b. Teachers K-5 will implement with fidelity the RTI process using the district-developed flow chart of procedures.

Evidence of PLC notes and walkthrough feedback.

Jan. 2018-Nov. 2018

0

1c.Teachers K-5 will develop differentiated lessons for small groups based on unit assessments, Running Records, DIBELS, and MAP data.

Evidence documented in walkthroughs and lesson plans.

Jan. 2018- Nov. 2018

0

1d. K-3 Teachers will administer running records a minimum of 3 times a year in order to differentiate instruction.

Evidence of completed data sheets.

Jan. 2018- Nov. 2018

0

1e. 4th-5th grade teachers will administer running records a minimum of 3 times a year to any student below benchmark on MAP and DIBELS.

Evidence of completed data sheets.

Jan. 2018-Nov. 2018

0

1f. ESS Daytime waiver funds will be used to provide math and reading interventions to targeted students who are in the gap group.

Evidence of small group instruction by the ESS teacher,

Jan. 2018- Nov. 2018

$9000.00 ESS Funds

1g. Instructional aide support will be maximized to provide opportunities for increased small group and one- on- one instruction.  

Evidence of Master Schedule.

Aug. 2017- Aug. 2018

0

Objective 2: McBrayer Elementary will increase parent participation in school sponsored activities and events.

2.Design, Align, and Deliver Support.

1a. Parents will be provided information, resources, and opportunities to improve their ability to assist and support their students in their learning.

Parent Night Sign in Sheets, Newsletters, Websites

Jan. 2018-Nov. 2018

$200.00 FRC Funds

3: Growth

State your Growth Goal

Goal 5: By 2018, McBrayer Elementary will increase their reading delivery target from 49.9% students scoring proficient and distinguished to 62.4% students scoring proficient and distinguished.

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

1. McBrayer Elementary will increase their reading delivery target from 49.9% students scoring proficient and distinguished to 56.2% students scoring proficient and distinguished.

1. Design and Delivery of Instruction.

1a .ESS Daytime waiver funds will be used to provide math and reading interventions to targeted students who have been flagged as bubble students according the MAP benchmark scores.

Students increased scores on MAP Benchmark Assessment.

Jan. 2018- May- 2018

$9000.00- ESS Funds

1b. Teachers K-5 will develop differentiated lessons for small groups based on unit assessments, Running Records, DIBELS, and MAP data.

Student growth in reading.

Jan. 2018-May2018

0

1c. Teachers will work with administration and reading specialist (A. Hilterbrand) determining reading best practices to implement in whole group reading instruction.

Agenda for working session and lesson plans.

Jan. 2018-May 2018

1500.00 SEEK Funds

1d. Instructional aide support will be maximized to provide opportunities for increased small group and one- on- one instruction.  

Evidence of mater schedule.

Aug. 2017-Aug. 2018

0

Goal 5: By 2018, McBrayer Elementary will increase the combined (reading and math) percentage of proficient/distinguished students from 53.0% to 73.8% as indicated by the 2018-19 KREP scores.

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: McBrayer Elementary will increase the number of proficient students in math from 48.9% to 65.7% by 2017 as indicated by the 2017-2018 KPREP scores.

1. Design and Deploy Standards

1a. Professional Development time will be provided to allow for teachers and administration to create and share resource/curriculum documents.

Completed resource with standards, student friendly learning targets, resources and assessments.

Aug. 2018

$500.00 PD Funds

1b. Administration and teacher representatives will be given an opportunity to visit high performing schools to obtain information and guidance on developing standards based resources for the classroom that include high impact strategies.  

Completion of site visits and information shared during PLC’s and faculty meetings.

Feb. 2018

0

1c. Teachers will have access to chrome books to use in the classroom that will allow students participation in Math Facts technology program, which will support math fluency.

Monitoring of data reports.

Nov. 2018-May 2019

$3000.00 SEEK Funds

1d. All classroom teachers will implement the use of a schoolwide, standards base curriculum/instructional resource that has aligned standards, learning targets and assessments for math.

Feedback given through school wide walkthroughs.

Jan. 2018-May 2019

0

2. Design and Deliver Instruction

2a. PIMSER will conduct schoolwide walkthroughs to provide feedback on classroom instruction and assessments.

Completion of walkthroughs.

Sept. 2018

Dec. 2018

Feb. 2019

$3000.00 Title 1

2b. Teachers will assist students in writing goals and graphing progress on MAP Math, Common Assessments, etc throughout the school year.

Evidence in student leadership binders.

Jan. 208-Nov. 2018

0

3. Design and Deliver Instruction

3a. Teacher representatives will work in a vertical team to discuss common mathematical vocabulary that will be used in all classrooms.

Completion of mathematical vocabulary list.

Aug. 2018

0

4: Other (optional)

State your Other Goal (optional)

Goal 5: McBrayer Elementary will improve student attendance rate of 95% attendance for the 2016-17 school year to 96% attendance rate for the 2018 school year.

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: McBrayer Elementary will increase the average daily attendance to 95.5% by the end of the 2017 school year.

1. Establishing Learning Culture and Environment

1a. Special area teachers and administration will work with all teachers to recognize students for growth in MAP, attendance, special area recognition, and leadership 3 times a year during celebration days.

Documentation of Celebration Day in school calendar.

Jan. 2018- May- 2018

0

1b. Administration will work with local business to reward students with perfect attendance each 9 weeks with a coupon from their restaurant.

Documentation of certificates being handed out.

Jan. 2018- Nov. 2018

0

1c. Administration will recognize students who have perfect attendance at the end of the year with a field trip.

Documentation of field Trip.

April 2018

500.00 SEEK Funds

5: Transition Readiness

State your Transition Readiness Goal 

Goal 1: By 2018, McBrayer Elementary will increase the combined (reading and math) percentage of proficient/distinguished students from 53.0% to 73.8% as indicated by the 2018-19 KREP scores.

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: McBrayer Elementary will increase the number of proficient students in math from 48.9% to 65.7% by 2017 as indicated by the 2017-2018 KPREP scores.

1. Design and Deploy Standards

1a. Professional Development time will be provided to allow for teachers and administration to create and share resource/curriculum documents.

Completed resource with standards, student friendly learning targets, resources and assessments.

Aug. 2018

$500.00 PD Funds

1b. Administration and teacher representatives will be given an opportunity to visit high performing schools to obtain information and guidance on developing standards based resources for the classroom that include high impact strategies.  

Completion of site visits and information shared during PLC’s and faculty meetings.

Feb. 2018

0

1c. Teachers will have access to chrome books to use in the classroom that will allow students participation in Math Facts technology program, which will support math fluency.

Monitoring of data reports.

Nov. 2018-May 2019

$3000.00 SEEK Funds

1d. All classroom teachers will implement the use of a schoolwide, standards base curriculum/instructional resource that has aligned standards, learning targets and assessments for math.

Feedback given through school wide walkthroughs.

Jan. 2018-May 2019

0

2. Design and Deliver Instruction

2a. PIMSER will conduct schoolwide walkthroughs to provide feedback on classroom instruction and assessments.

Completion of walkthroughs.

Sept. 2018

Dec. 2018

Feb. 2019

$3000.00 Title 1

2b. Teachers will assist students in writing goals and graphing progress on MAP Math, Common Assessments, etc throughout the school year.

Evidence in student leadership binders.

Jan. 208-Nov. 2018

0

3. Design and Deliver Instruction

3a. Teacher representatives will work in a vertical team to discuss common mathematical vocabulary that will be used in all classrooms.

Completion of mathematical vocabulary list.

Aug. 2018

0

Objective 2:

McBrayer Elementary will increase the number of proficient students in reading from 57.1% to 71.2% by 2017 as indicated by the 2017-18 KPREP scores.

1.Desin and Deploy Standards

1a. All classroom teachers will implement the use of a schoolwide, standards base curriculum/instructional resource that has aligned standards, learning targets and assessments for language arts.

Completed resource with standards, student friendly learning targets, resources and assessments.

Aug. 2018  

0

1b. Administration and teacher representatives will visit high performing schools to obtain information and guidance on developing standards based resources for the classroom.  

Completion of site visits and information shared during PLC’s and faculty meetings.

Feb. 2018

0

2. Design and Deliver Instruction

2a. All teachers will develop whole group reading lesson plans that ensure the direct explicit model of instruction is implemented (gradual release model).

PLC meeting notes and lesson plan documentation.

Nov. 2017-May 2018

0

2b. Jan Richardson resources will be reviewed and discussed during PLC to support development of differentiated lesson plans.

Professional Dev. and PLC Meetings.

Nov. 2017- May 2018

0

2c. Teachers will assist students in writing goals and graphing progress on MAP Reading, Fry Words, etc throughout the school year.

Evidence of students graphing in Leadership Binders.

Jan. 2018- Nov. 2018

0

2d. Word Walls will be posted according to content. K-5 will have Tier I words will be placed on the word wall. An illustration will be provided with each word, if applicable for K-1st grades.

Evidence of word walls in the classroom.

Jan. 2018- Nov. 2018

0

3. Design and Deliver Instruction

3a. Teachers will have access to chrome books to use in the classroom that will allow students participation in Reading Eggs program.

Reading Eggs Data

Nov. 2017-May 2018

$3000.00 Title 1