This website publication is a result of a collaborative effort between school improvement consultants across the state of Michigan. Our hope is to place in the hands of teachers, administrators, and all members of educational communities a practical timeline and related resources for the school improvement cycle. The left menu contains three different methods of site navigation with side menu bars that should "pop out" as you scroll over them. We suggest visiting the "Getting Started" page and/or the MVU online overview if you're new to the process. Veterans may wish to jump into the required reports (left menu) or the current Fall month-to-month checklist, Winter checklist (Updated Dec 2017), or Spring check list (needs updating) which is now a live Google Doc. With the reduction in state compliance reporting, we are reducing the checklists to create a more practical approach. If you are looking for the more comprehensive checklist, here is the archive from 16/17 fall, winter, and spring PDFs and MI-CSI's calendar brigade 16/17.
Less State Compliance Reporting in 2017/18
About the Graphic
While systemically implementing the school improvement cycle, we often draw parallels to a Multi-Tiered System of Support (RtI): we screen a child in an attempt to "Define the Problem" they may have in a particular area; once we have diagnosed the problem, we "Develop a Plan" based on research and best-practice. Of course, those involved will want assurances that the plan is "Implemented" with fidelity, and the child's progress is monitored or "Evaluated." This process is repeated multiple times throughout the year, as you'll see represented in the graphic to the right. There exists a basic truism: that what works for the child also works for the system!
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One Page Timeline by AAESA
A very helpful tool to see school improvement requirements at a glance is now available on the SI Timeline! Allegan AESA updates this one-pager every year. Click on the image on the right to enlarge it or open the One Page Timeline as PDF.
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In the fall, schools should pay specific attention to gathering baseline data for student growth, and effectively progress monitoring the essential (or non-negotiable) activities outlined within the school/district improvement plan (3-5 year plan posted by Sept. 1).
Schools should also begin the Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) by analyzing state level achievement data and demographic data.
The School Improvement Process continues during the winter as monitoring of the current plan overlaps with gathering and analyzing data for the upcoming plan. Begin gathering both process data and perception data, likely through online surveys, and document on your CNA. Identify strengths, weakness, and establish causal theory within your CNA Process. Also, budget amendments to Consolidated Application are usually due in mid January. The Annual Ed Report (AER) is also required, though the dates are yet to be determined.
Once the strengths and weaknesses have been identified using the four types of data in the Comprehensive Needs Assessment CNA, schools/ districts usually finalize their Improvement Plans, Consolidated Application, Program Evaluations, and professional learning plans by June 30. Finally, state "At-Risk," Section 31a, funding report is also due in mid-July.