APRIL School Improvement Activities

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For a list of all the Spring activities - see the Practical School Improvement Timeline  site. Information comes from that site, and all originals can be found there.

Alternate Checklist available here.    

APRIL

Classroom Activities (cyclical - repeat/continue March activities)

 

  • Run grade level reports looking for trends such as State level data over the past few years, focusing on deficiency areas as priorities in the final months of school. NOTE: Pay particular attention to the achievement trend of the “Mean Scale Score” compared to the state average as this is the single best indicator for 75% of the Top to Bottom Rankings .
  • Compile summative assessment data (rather Informed Interim Assessments) as appropriate to measure student proficiency on targeted standards, with particular attention to additional interventions necessary as the year draws to a close.
  • Complete all progress monitoring tasks specific to current Instructional Learning Cycle; detailed data will be necessary for reporting conversation.
  • Compile formative assessment data as it relates to fidelity of implementation of SI strategies, paying particular attention to the data that will most effectively inform the school improvement team as they make decisions regarding which strategies to retain for next year.

Building Activities

 
  • School Data Analysis (SDA) (continued from March) 
  • Complete this month to allow analysis to drive SI Plan to be completed in mid-May
  • Follow guidance provided in March and greater detail found on the website
  • Hold Monthly School Improvement Meeting (may have become bi-weekly at this point) Printable Sign in sheet;Sample April Agenda  
  • The Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA), consisting of the SPR 40 or SPR 90 (or Interim SA) and the SDA are two driving forces of your School Improvement Plan (SIP). Both documents lead to updating the gap statements and causality (now embedded in the SDA report).
    NOTE: Cause for gap should focus on factors that are within our control.
  • Update current SIP initiatives with data from SDA that helps answer the question: “Is what we’re doing working to improve learning and how do we know?” (see MDE adopted Evaluation Template for more detailed structure for program monitoring & evaluation, evaluation is required but a specific tool is not required at this time).

District Activities

 
 
  • Homeless Student (McKinney Vento) Grants Application due mid-April in MEGS+
  • District Improvement Team Meeting Sign in sheet
  • Updates from Tech Planning and/or progress monitoring of Tech Plan
  • Updates from building level perception surveys and key indicators from the School Process Profile (seeking commonalities in the district to be addressed at the District Level and/or on the District Improvement Plan)
    Look at district level data on MiSchoolData.org with guidance from building leaders, looking for key areas that deserve celebration and areas that stand out for improvement.
  • Utilize the Data Dialogue Protocol to engage the group in conversation around data (another set of dialogue guidelines) and begin brainstorming possible solutions to the problems. Hopefully, some of the solutions will be current initiatives that are showing promise in closing gaps.
  • Notify all buildings of funding allocations and/or estimations so that building level teams may begin selecting strategies based on need and resources.
  • Complete meeting(s) with  Private/Non-Public schools serving students living in your district who responded to the letter of invitation. Sample written process now available.
  • Prepare Title I School Selection
  • Summer Migrant Application due May 1 if applicable
 
 

Online Tool Kits

More Help Documents:

Assist: School Data Analysis diagnostic- Kathy Stewart of Gratiot Isabella RESD has created a step-by-step guide with screenshots of how to access the data needed to complete this diagnostic.

ASSIST tutorial videos 

ASSIST Tips and Trick 

Find Top 30/Bottom 30 in the BAA secure site  Kathy Stewart of Gratiot Isabella RESD has created a step-by-step guide with screenshots of how to access the data since the system has changed.

Cite the Research:

Deb Wahlstrom--Data Digest

Best Evidence Encyclopedia  - from Johns Hopkins University

Instructional Changes and School Improvement related to the Common Core ELA Shifts PowerPoint - by CharEm ISD

Adolescent Literacy Research and Standards At a Glance - Wayne RESA and CharEm ISD have created a useful chart of the most impactful research based literacy strategies

K-12 Mathematics Numeracy Research and Standards at a Glance - Wayne RESA and CharEm ISD have created a useful chart of the most impactful research based math strategies

Language for Funding

FAME program - This is some language you can include in your SIP to tie to your consolidated app to request funding for implementing FAME