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 May 2020, Rowan County Middle will decrease the percentage of students scoring at or below apprentice by at least 8% in all content areas.

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 May 2018, RCMS will increase the combined reading and math percentages of proficient and distinguished students from 59.3 to 63%.

KCWP 1

Instructional assistants will receive training to help support student learning in the classroom.

Classroom assignments, CASE, IXL

0

Teacher led trainings will be provided during faculty meetings.  Trainings will include PDSA, Kagan and other behavior strategies, project based learning, and other gap issues.

Classroom observations of the trainings.

0

KCWP 2

Teachers will model academic vocabulary for students and provide opportunities for student application.

Classroom observations and student assessments

0

Writing and Language Arts teachers will continue to implement on-demand writing strategies from Angela Hilterbrandt.

School-wide on-demand scrimmage

0

KCWP 3

Teachers will use formative and summative data to drive instructional practices.

Classroom assessment score, data collected

0

KCWP 4

Teachers will use Steve Ventura data sheets and common assessments to monitor student progress during content area, grade level and vertical PLC’s.

Data sheets

0

Teachers will provide Tier II and Tier III interventions to students during Viking Success.

Classroom assignments,

CASE, IXL

0

KCWP 5

Teachers will integrate mission statements, classroom goals, and PDSA into classroom instruction and post weekly to teacher websites.

Teacher websites, lesson plans, classroom observations.

0

Using formative data, teachers will provide Tier I interventions in the classroom.

Lesson plans, classroom assessments, IXL

0

KCWP 6

Teachers will establish a PBIS system in the classroom using the Anchor Down strategy.

Behavior slips

0

2: Gap

State your Gap Goal

Goal 2:  By 2020, Rowan County Middle School will increase the non-duplicated gap groups from 49.1 to 56%.

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 May 2018, RCMS will increase the combined average of reading and math proficiency rates for students with disabilities from 20.9% to 26%.

KCWP 4

KCWP 5

Co-Teaching teams will participate in PLC’s to monitor and implement Continuous Classroom Improvement, as well as analyze data and determine the next steps for co-teaching instruction.

Classroom assessments, CASE, IXL

0

Teachers will participate in a Name and Claim activity to identify gap students and those scoring below benchmark.

Classroom assessments, CASE, IXL

0

Objective 2: By May 2018, RCMS will increase the combined average of reading and math proficiency rates for students receiving free and reduced services from 48.7 to 53%.

Objective 3:  By May 2018, RCMS will increase the combined average of reading and math proficiency rates for Hispanic students from 47.5% to 54%.

KCWP 5

Teachers will integrate mission statements, classroom goals, and PDSA into classroom instruction and post weekly to teacher websites.

Teacher websites, lesson plans, classroom observations.

0

Using formative data, teachers will provide Tier I interventions in the classroom.

Lesson plans, classroom assessments, IXL

0

Teachers will participate in a Name and Claim activity to identify gap students and those scoring below benchmark.

Classroom assessments, CASE, IXL

0

3: Graduation rate        

State your Graduation rate Goal

Goal 3:

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:

4: Growth

State your Growth Goal

Goal 4: By May 2020, Rowan County Middle will decrease the percentage of students scoring at or below apprentice by at least 8% in all content areas.

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 May 2018, RCMS will increase the combined reading and math percentages of proficient and distinguished students from 59.3 to 63%.

KCWP 1

KCWP 2

Instructional assistants will receive training to help support student learning in the classroom.

Classroom assignments, CASE, IXL

0

Teacher led trainings will be provided during faculty meetings.  Trainings will include PDSA, Kagan and other behavior strategies, project based learning, and other gap issues.

Classroom observations of the trainings.

0

Teachers will model academic vocabulary for students and provide opportunities for student application.

Classroom observations and student assessments

0

Objective 2:

KCWP 3

KCWP 4

Writing and Language Arts teachers will continue to implement on-demand writing strategies from Angela Hilterbrandt.

School-wide on-demand scrimmage

0

Teachers will use formative and summative data to drive instructional practices.

Classroom assessment score, data collected

0

Teachers will use Steve Ventura data sheets and common assessments to monitor student progress during content area, grade level and vertical PLC’s.

Data sheets

0

Teachers will provide Tier II and Tier III interventions to students during Viking Success.

Classroom assignments,

CASE, IXL

0

KCWP 5

Teachers will integrate mission statements, classroom goals, and PDSA into classroom instruction and post weekly to teacher websites.

Teacher websites, lesson plans, classroom observations.

0

Using formative data, teachers will provide Tier I interventions in the classroom.

Lesson plans, classroom assessments, IXL

0

KCWP 6

Teachers will establish a PBIS system in the classroom using the Anchor Down strategy.

Behavior slips

0

5: Transition readiness

State your Transition readiness Goal

Goal 5: By May 2020, Rowan County Middle will decrease the percentage of students scoring at or below apprentice by at least 8% in all content areas.

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 May 2018, RCMS will increase the combined reading and math percentages of proficient and distinguished students from 59.3 to 63%.

KCWP 1

KCWP 2

Instructional assistants will receive training to help support student learning in the classroom.

Classroom assignments, CASE, IXL

0

Teacher led trainings will be provided during faculty meetings.  Trainings will include PDSA, Kagan and other behavior strategies, project based learning, and other gap issues.

Classroom observations of the trainings.

0

Teachers will model academic vocabulary for students and provide opportunities for student application.

Classroom observations and student assessments

0

Objective 2:

KCWP 3

KCWP 4

Writing and Language Arts teachers will continue to implement on-demand writing strategies from Angela Hilterbrandt.

School-wide on-demand scrimmage

0

Teachers will use formative and summative data to drive instructional practices.

Classroom assessment score, data collected

0

Teachers will use Steve Ventura data sheets and common assessments to monitor student progress during content area, grade level and vertical PLC’s.

Data sheets

0

Teachers will provide Tier II and Tier III interventions to students during Viking Success.

Classroom assignments,

CASE, IXL

0

KCWP 5

Teachers will integrate mission statements, classroom goals, and PDSA into classroom instruction and post weekly to teacher websites.

Teacher websites, lesson plans, classroom observations.

0

Using formative data, teachers will provide Tier I interventions in the classroom.

Lesson plans, classroom assessments, IXL

0

KCWP 6

Teachers will establish a PBIS system in the classroom using the Anchor Down strategy.

Behavior slips

0

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: