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:

Increase the average combined reading and math KPREP scores for elementary students from 40.8% to 60% in 2019-2020.  Proficiency in writing and language mechanics for all students will increase from 25% to 45% by 2019-2020.

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:

Student achievement in reading and math combine will increase in proficiency with improved design and delivery of instruction from 40.8% to 50% in 2018.

Design, align, and deliver support:

PD Implementation Monitoring implementation of quality professional learning in Tier I.

Administration and teachers will review school wide walk through data for implementation progress monitoring.

Percentage of implemented strategies, student summative assessment results

Monthly review of walkthrough data at faculty meetings,

Weekly PLC monitoring of student proficiency in reading and math.

Personnel

Review, analyze, and apply data:

Weekly review of effectiveness of instruction on student achievement.

Review analyze and apply data in PLC meetings; specifically determine effectiveness of instruction and plan to make changes in response to students’ needs.  

When 80% or more of student in the class meet proficiency on summative assessments.

Weekly PLC meetings, Data sheets with SMART Goals, PDSA

Personnel

Objective 2:

Student achievement in writing and language mechanic will increase in proficiency by design and deploy of standards from 25% to 35% in 2018.

Objective 3:

Students will improve writing in all forms from. (writing to demonstrate learning, writing to reflect, writing to respond,  writing for authentic purposes, writing based on research, writing in the content, writing using multi-media, writing only a single draft, writing through various stages (planning, revising, editing, publishing) from 25% proficiency to 35% by 2018.

Planning and delivery of instruction:

Teachers will teach on an average of 150 minutes of writing instruction to K-5 students weekly.  

Teachers will design lessons in writing that will be taught in writer workshop and aligned to standards for that grade level.

PLC review of planning for writing instruction, lesson plan monitoring

Writing samples in PLC

Personnel

Teachers will teach students expectations of writing using exemplars and rubrics during the writing process.

Planning with and instruction on rubric and exemplars with students.

Walkthroughs, lesson monitoring

Personnel

Planning and delivery of instruction:

All students will experience quality instruction in all types of writing in all subject area throughout the school year.

Teachers will plan to include instruction of a writing type in every unit in every subject.

PLC planning protocol and review student work for level of application

PLC meetings, lesson plans, instructional walkthroughs

Personnel

PLC members will analyze and apply data from writings in their content specific lessons.

Weekly PLC meeting participation and prepared student work to analyze.

PLC meetings, walkthroughs, teacher reflection, student reflection

Personnel

2: Gap

State your Gap Goal

Goal 2:

Non duplicated gap will increase the average combined reading and math KPREP scores for elementary students from 35.8% to 60% in 2019-2020.  Proficiency in writing and language mechanics for all students will increase to 25% to 45% in 2019-2020.

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 achievement for all students in Kentucky so that reading proficiency increases for non-duplicated gap group from 21.4% to 32% by 2018.

Review, analyze and apply using PDSA.

Teachers will instruct students using high yield strategies by students in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III interventions.

Student academic progress in reading.

PLC data team meetings, RTI meetings.

Personnel

Teachers will use classroom assessment data to determine flexible grouping needs to respond to students’ academic needs.  

Student academic progress in reading.

PLC data team meetings, RTI meetings, teacher data meetings, Teacher/student goal setting conferences.

Personnel

Use of progress monitoring data in MAP, DIBEL, and Fountas and Pinnell to determine students’ instructional needs in reading.

Student academic progress in reading.

PLC data team meetings, RTI meetings, Teacher/student goal setting conferences.

Personnel

Objective 2:

 Increase achievement for all students in Kentucky so that writing proficiency increases for non-duplicated gap group from 21.4% to 32% by 2018.

Design and deliver instruction, modeling, using exemplars, time for independent practice daily. Teachers will provide weekly feedback on the writing process and how to improve to each student.

Students will receive feedback from an instructor once a week about their writing and grammar usage.

Student writing products and teacher feedback.

PLC data team meetings, RTI meetings, teacher/student writing conferencing

Personnel

Teachers will instruct students in writing and language mechanics by using exemplar work to use as success criteria along with a rubric for student self-assessment.

Student writing products, teacher instruction, and student self-assessment.

Walkthroughs, PLC meetings, student product improvement

Personnel


3: Graduation rate        

State your Graduation rate Goal

Goal 3:

N/A (Elementary)

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:

Students will increase growth from 46.1 points to 70 points in 2019-2020.  

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:

Student achievement in reading and math combine will increase in proficiency with improved design and delivery of instruction from 40.8% to 50% in 2018.

PD Implementation Monitoring implementation of quality professional learning in Tier I.

Establishing learning culture and environment by reviewing of school wide walk through data for implementation monitoring.

Percentage of implemented strategies, student summative assessment results

Monthly review of walkthrough data at faculty meetings,

Weekly PLC monitoring of student proficiency in reading and math.

Personnel

Review analyze and apply data in PLC meetings; specifically determine effectiveness of instruction and plan to make changes in response to students’ needs.  

When 80% or more of student in the class meet proficiency on summative assessments.

Weekly PLC meetings, Data sheets with SMART Goals, PDSA

Personnel

Objective 2:

Student achievement in writing and language mechanic will increase in proficiency by design and deploy of standards from 25% to 35% in 2018.

Objective 3:

Students will improve writing in all forms from. (writing to demonstrate learning, writing to reflect, writing to respond,  writing for authentic purposes, writing based on research, writing in the content, writing using multi-media, writing only a single draft, writing through various stages (planning, revising, editing, publishing) from 25% proficiency to 35% by 2018.

Planning and delivery of Instruction:

Teachers will teach on an average of 150 minutes of writing instruction to K-5 students weekly.

Planning and delivery of instruction:

All students will experience quality instruction in all types of writing in all subject area throughout the school year.

Teachers will design lessons in writing that will be taught in writer workshop and aligned to standards for that grade level.

PLC review of planning for writing instruction, lesson plan monitoring

Writing samples in PLC

Personnel

Teachers will teach students expectations of writing using exemplars and rubrics during the writing process.

Teachers will plan to include instruction of a writing type in every unit in every subject.

Planning with and instruction on rubric and exemplars with students.

PLC members will analyze and apply data from writings in their content specific lessons.

Walkthroughs, lesson monitoring

PLC meetings, walkthroughs, teacher reflection, student reflection

Personnel

Personnel

5: Transition readiness

State your Transition readiness Goal

Goal 5:

Tilden Hogge Elementary faculty and staff will collaboration with families of students, community agencies, and school employees students’ transitional needs by providing individual support for academic and/or social/emotional success in order to reduce below grade level students from 30% to 5% by 2019-2020.

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:

Class lists and teacher assignments will be developed with all information about the student considered to reduce barriers to learning from 30% to 20% in 2018.

Establishing Learning Culture and Environment:

Teachers, and administrators will collaborate with parents to monitor progress from year to year and place students in classes that will best meet their academic and social/emotional needs.

Teachers will collaborate with parents throughout the school year to support student’s academic and social needs.  

PLC meetings, Data review planning meetings, RTI meetings, parent meetings, and student’s academic and social/emotional success in class

Weekly PLC meeting, minimum of quarterly for parent meetings, and monthly RTI meetings

Personnel

Teachers and administrators will consider academic progress, parent meetings, and social/emotional needs of students when preparing class lists to support the whole child.

Student academic success and social/emotional success in class

Weekly PLC student progress review and RTI progress review

Personnel

Objective 2:

Decrease barriers for students with academic and/or social/emotional success from 30% to 20% in 2018.

Establishing Learning Culture and Environment:

Administration and teachers will provide information about opportunities of support outside of the school day to families for students with academic and/or social/emotional deficit.

Administrations and teachers will make recommendation to counseling services outside of the school with trauma is impacting a student’s success.

Referrals by counseling agencies

Service team, ACE Committee notes, Lists of services, student progress data

Personnel

THES will develop an ACE committee who will operates to prepare data and determine recommendations for programs to meet students’ social and emotional development.

Reduction in challenges for students in the classrooms.  Student achievement increases

Weekly PLC meeting students’ progress review, ACE committee notes,

Service team, ACE Committee notes, Lists of services, student progress data

Personnel

Academic RTI meetings will occur monthly to refer, monitor, promote or refer students based on individual barriers to learning.

Student achievement increases in all academic areas

RTI progress monitoring, Weekly PLC meeting student progress review

Personnel

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: