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:

Clearfield Elementary School will work to improve the combined Reading and Math percentage of students scoring Proficient and Distinguished to 72.2 by 2020-2021.

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 scoring Proficient or Distinguished in Reading to 51% in 2017-2018.

Design and deliver instruction

Ensure that all students have access to both grade-level reading materials and differentiated reading materials.

KPREP

-Lesson plans due weekly

-Progress monitoring weekly – monthly

-Benchmark assessments 3 times per year

-Regular classroom assessments

N/A

Use small group Guided Reading to differentiate Reading instruction for all students, based upon student data.

KPREP

-Lesson plans due weekly

-Progress monitoring weekly – monthly

-Benchmark assessments 3 times per year

-Regular classroom assessments

N/A

Review, analyze, and apply data

Use student assessment data from formative, summative, and benchmark assessments to drive classroom whole group and small group Reading instruction.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Lesson plans due weekly

-Progress monitoring weekly – monthly

-Benchmark assessments 3 times per year

-Regular classroom assessments

N/A

Objective 2:

Increase the percentage of students scoring Proficient or Distinguished in Math to 50% in 2017-2018.

Design and deliver instruction

Ensure that all students have access to both grade-level Math materials and differentiated Math materials, including concrete examples such as manipulatives.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Progress monitoring weekly – monthly

-Benchmark assessments 3 times per year

-Regular classroom assessments

N/A

Use small Math groups to differentiate Math instruction for all students, based upon student data.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Progress monitoring weekly – monthly

-Benchmark assessments 3 times per year

-Regular classroom assessments

N/A

Review, analyze, and apply data

Use student assessment data from formative, summative, and benchmark assessments to drive classroom whole group and small group Math instruction.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Progress monitoring weekly – monthly

-Benchmark assessments 3 times per year

-Regular classroom assessments

N/A

2: Gap

State your Gap Goal

Goal 2:

Increase the number of students in the non-duplicated gap group scoring Proficient or Distinguished in Combined Reading and Math from 54.2% in 2016-2017 to 69% in 2020-2021.

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 number of students in the non-duplicated gap group scoring Proficient or Distinguished in Math from 34.9% in 2016-2017 to 45% by 2017-2018.

Design and deliver assessment literacy

Ensure alignment of standards to learning targets, learning targets to activities, and activities to assessments, so that alignment is consistent throughout instruction and assessment.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Lesson plans due weekly (Mondays)

-Benchmark assessments: August, December, and April

-Interim progress monitoring (DIBELS)

N/A

Design formative and summative assessments that are aligned to standards and at the appropriate level of rigor.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-District teacher leader meeting (quarterly)

-Curriculum specialist PLC (weekly).

-PLC (weekly on Thursdays)

N/A

Discern and apply the appropriate supports, modifications, and accommodations for each child with disabilities on all grade-level assessments.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Weekly progress monitoring with special education teacher

-Collaboration between classroom teacher and special education teacher

-Regular ARC meetings to review data and determine changes to IEP

N/A

Objective 2:

Increase the number of students in the non-duplicated gap group scoring Proficient or Distinguished in Reading from 38% in 2016-2017 to 45% in 2017-2018.

Design and deliver support

Use formative assessment data to drive instruction and design supports.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-PLC (Thursdays)

-Lesson plans (Mondays)

-RTI plans

N/A

Provide consistent, differentiated small group instruction that is targeted to support specific student needs, based on data from assessments that are aligned to standards.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data data

-PLC (Thursdays)

-Lesson plans (Mondays)

-RTI plans

-Small group progress monitoring

N/A

Use the data generated from grade-level assessments to design individualized supports for students with disabilities.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Weekly progress monitoring with special education teacher

-Collaboration between classroom teacher and special education teacher

-Regular ARC meetings to review data and determine changes to IEP

N/A

3: Graduation rate        

State your Graduation rate Goal

Goal 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:

Objective 2:

4: Growth

State your Growth Goal

Goal 4:

Increase student growth from 60 points in 2016-2017 to 75 points in 2020-2021 as measured by KPREP assessment.

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 number of students scoring Proficient or Distinguished in Reading and Mat to 51% in 2017-2018.

Review, analyze, and apply data

Meet in PLCs to analyze student data and understand its implications for instruction.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Formative and summative assessments (daily – weekly)

-Benchmark assessments (3 times per year)

-Small group progress monitoring (weekly – monthly)

N/A

Use student data from assessments to determine instructional needs.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Formative and summative assessments (daily – weekly)

-Benchmark assessments (3 times per year)

-Small group progress monitoring (weekly – monthly)

-Lesson plans (weekly)

N/A

Objective 2:

Decrease the number of students scoring Novice in Reading from 35% in 2016-2017 to 25% in 2017-2018.

Design, align, and deliver support

Use student assessment data to create and conduct differentiated small groups in Reading and Math.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Formative and summative assessments (daily – weekly)

-Benchmark assessments (3 times per year)

-Small group progress monitoring (weekly – monthly)

N/A

Use student assessment data to design and implement intervention plans for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 RTI.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

-Formative and summative assessments (daily – weekly)

-Benchmark assessments (3 times per year)

-Small group progress monitoring (weekly – monthly)

N/A

5: Transition readiness

State your Transition readiness Goal

Goal 5:

Improve overall achievement score from 63 in 2016-2017 to 76 in 2020-2021 as measured by KPREP assessment.

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:

Improve overall achievement score from 63 in 2016-2017 to 68 in 2017-2018.

Design and deploy standards

Establish or maintain pacing guides and curriculum maps in all content areas.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

PLC (Thursdays)

Faculty Meetings (Tuesdays)

N/A

 

Design and deliver instruction

Teachers create detailed lesson plans that link standards to classroom activities.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

Lesson plans due to administration weekly

N/A

Create and implement assessments that demonstrate student mastery of standards at appropriate grade-level rigor.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

PLC (Thursdays)

Faculty Meetings (Tuesdays)

N/A

Work as professional learning communities to plan new instructional activities based upon student achievement data.

KPREP

Benchmark assessment data

PLC (Thursdays)

Faculty Meetings (Tuesdays)

N/A

6: Other (optional)

State your Other Goal (optional)

Goal 6:

Improve school culture by creating an atmosphere of trust and respect, as measured by TELL survey from 27.8% in 2016-2017 to 60% in 2018-2019.

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:

Improve school culture by creating an atmosphere of trust and respect, as measured by TELL survey from 27.8% in 2016-2017 to 60% in 2018-2019.

Establishing learning culture and environment

Ensure that clear expectations and shared norms are in effect.

TELL survey improvements

2018-2019

N/A

Generate regular, authentic discussion among faculty and staff regarding goals and objectives.

TELL survey improvements

2018-2019

N/A

Objective 2:

Improve school culture by increasing opportunities for shared decision-making, as measured by TELL survey, from 41.2% in 2016-2017 to 65% in 2018-2019.

Establishing learning culture and environment

Increase frequency of shared activities among staff outside the typical work day.

TELL survey improvements

2018-2019

N/A

Provide opportunities and supports for professionals to share their work, accomplishments, and struggles with others.

TELL survey improvements

2018-2019

N/A