MAY/JUNE School Improvement Activities
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.
- Complete all progress-monitoring tasks specific to the final 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.
- Compile summative assessment data as appropriate to measure student proficiency on targeted standards, document student growth, and connect to classroom instructional strategies utilized.
- Prioritize content expectations to be intentionally targeted before the end of the school year based on data analysis and/or dialogue with grade level or content teams; make instructional adjustments accordingly.
- Identify students who may benefit from summer remediation opportunities; pay specific attention to strategies/target areas from the school improvement plan when determining summer programming requirements/format.
- Report results of Instructional Learning Cycle(s), formative/summative assessment data analysis, and any additional discussion to school improvement team (SIT) prior to May SIT meeting.
- (Title I) Review and update if necessary Parent/Student/School Compact and building level Parent Involvement Plan (be sure to involve parents with planning and evaluation).
- (Spec. Ed) Complete CIMS requirements such as Corrective Action Plans and embed into the School Improvement Plan
- Submit Strategies and Activitie s with funding resources to the district office. These must be included in the District Improvement Plan and Consolidated Application, due late June.
- REP report due in June which includes Teacher Effectiveness Ratings
- Hold School Improvement Meeting(s) Printable Sign in sheet; Sample May/June Agenda
- Through dialogue around data, have gaps been identified and objectives set on how achievement will improve for the high, average, and low students, including specific gaps between sub-populations (race, gender, socio-economic status, language barriers, and special needs)?
- Through dialogue around the data, have you clearly identified what the staff believes to be the causes for each deficiency? NOTE: Causes should be factors over which educators have control or influence (we have no influence over an increase in the economically disadvantaged population; however, we have influence on how we build supports for this rising group through in school and after school opportunities).
- Do the strategies selected address the causes identified with sufficient research (also view links to sites on the right hand side of this website) and staff buy-in? What groups will the strategy specifically address? If the strategy is a continuation, does the evidence indicate it is working, needs modification, or should be dropped? (Program Evaluation)
- Create action steps in the activity section that specifically state what staff will do in terms of getting ready, implementing and monitoring.
- How will you ensure that staff has the knowledge and skills to implement the strategy? Consider PD (Will you be using Title II-A funds?), materials, communication and other factors
- How will you ensure successful implementation and what does it look like? Include staff actions and expectations. What are the essential or non-negotiable components? These essential components will most likely translate to the 1-2 page SIP Summary sheet that all staff agrees is the focus for next year.
- How will the strategy be monitored for fidelity of implementation? What impact does the strategy have on student achievement (local level, both formative and summative)?
- NOTE: Determine appropriate funding and be sure to list expenses for state and federal grant funds such as Section 31A and Title I-A.
- Additional updates may be addressed by specific members of the staff where applicable (such as executive summary (vision, mission, belief), Title I requirements, PD Plan, stakeholder involvement, etc.). Visit www.advanc-ed.org/assist to assure the School Improvement Plan has met format qualifications (green checks) prior to submission.
- Use the MDE Program Evaluation tool to document data and dialogue around strategy effectiveness for strategies that were implemented during the previous school year.
- Complete the components of the School Improvement Plan and submit the plan on the portfolio tab of ASSIST . NOTE: Much of this work such as program evaluation may be facilitated by subgroups of your staff. Example: everyone joins a goal area: Math, Reading, Writing, Tech Integration, etc. These subgroups facilitated staff dialogue, planned PD, gathered evidence for program evaluation and assured staff buy-in with fidelity of implementation. The principal is key to providing the framework and guidance.
- Review Accountability Scorecard and TtB Ranking with possible designation (Reward, Focus, Priority) if released by MDE and watch for appeal timelines (likely June 30th).
- Complete the building-level Professional Development Plan so that it aligns with the District PD plan and embedded in the School Improvement Plan.
- Assign roles for completing the Annual Education Report by mid-August.
- CELEBRATE staff, parent, and student successes for the school year!
- Create school improvement team meeting schedule for next year (to be revisited in August).
- Identify August SIT meeting objectives; build meeting agenda.
- District Improvement Team Meeting Sign in sheet
- Building reps report out on their strategies chosen and the evidence supporting their choice.
Gather district wide data and discuss district wide initiatives to keep, modify, or drop.
- Gather building Professional Development Plans and School Improvement Plans (minimally strategies, activities and resources) to inform DIP and Consolidated Grant Application
- Complete the Title I School Selection (TISS) in MEGS+ prior to the Cons App
- Enter Registered Educational Personnel (REP) data such as Principal Effectiveness Rating for June due date.
- Work collaboratively with stakeholders to complete applicable reports that are due in “substantially approvable” form at the end of June, including Consolidated Application (Cons App) and District Improvement Plan (DIP). The Cons App is considered “substantially approvable” ONLY IF each of the following conditions are met:
- TISS is submitted including all schools in the district and all necessary data
- Cons App meets all required elements from Cons App Checklist
- Cons App funding is focused on academic achievement and is comprehensive
- Each activity funded is allowable, allocatable, necessary and meets State/Federal guidelines
- School-level budgets are completed for ALL Title I schools
- LEA has applied for 100% of the posted allocations
- Consult MDE staff on required modifications for Consolidated Application after submission; make all necessary modifications throughout the summer.
- Complete Section 31a Program Repor t due in mid-July in MEGS+
- If applicable, complete the Title I-D Application and Formal Agreement by late June
- Prepare and complete the Annual Education Report (AER) by Mid-August
- AdvancEd: ASSIST platform for school improvement plan reporting
- MI School Data Michigan Data portal
- Michigan Dept of Education
Online Tool Kits
- Wayne RESA
- Practical MI School Improvement Timeline
- School Improvement in Maryland - has many useful school improvement resources and ideas
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.
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:
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