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 UPDATED Fall month-to-month checklist, Winter checklist, or Spring check list (coming soon) which is now a live Google Doc. The 2015/16 month-by-month checklist (PDF) is still available.
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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!
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 to enlarge it or open the One Page Timeline as PDF.
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 and growth data. Finally, the Annual Ed Report (AER) will likely be required in the Fall, (mid-October?).
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. Identified strengths, weakness, as causal theory.
Also, budget amendments to Consolidated Application are usually due in mid January.
Once the strengths and weaknesses have been identified using the four types of data in the (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.