What is a School Improvement Plan?
School improvement planning provides a mechanism for identifying needs and establishing a common approach to meeting those needs at a school level. An effective School Improvement Plan (SIP) contributes to overall school performance by establishing an understanding of the “big picture” of a 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.
The SIP helps schools reach consensus on which needs represent the highest priorities for action based upon the potential to improve overall student and school performance. A SIP can then be used 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. “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).
Holly Grove Elementary's School Improvement Plan: