“School improvement is a distinct approach to educational change that aims to enhance student outcomes as well as strengthen the school’s capacity for managing change” (School Improvement for the Next Generation, pg. 13).
The School Improvement Plan is a way for our school to identify needs and establish a common approach to meet those needs. It contributes to overall school performance by establishing an understanding of the “big picture” of our school’s current state.
The primary focus of the SIP is on student achievement. Other areas of reflection include instructional practices, staff and student demographics, perception, and program data as referred in the needs assessment.
It helps us reach consensus on which needs represent the highest priorities for action based upon the potential to improve overall student and school performance.
We use it as a tool for implementing goals and strategies, including specific targets, indicators and milestones required in addressing school priorities.
Ultimately, the continuous improvement process is in place to identify the strategies that will have the greatest impact on increasing student achievement.