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 previous PDF version is also still available 2015/16 month-by-month checklist (PDF).
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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 begin to function under their newly adopted school improvement plan (State Deadline of September 1 ... Practical Deadline June 1). Classrooms and schools pay specific attention to gathering baseline data, and effectively progress monitoring the essential (or non-negotiable) activities outlined within each building-level or common district objective. Most likely the Annual Ed Report (AER) will be required in the Fall moving forward.
The School Improvement Process truly picks up during the winter as monitoring of the current plan overlaps with gathering and analyzing data for the upcoming plan. In addition, the first compliance components of the new cycle need to be meaningfully completed. Amendments to Consolidated Application due mid January. Begin District/School Systems Review (or Interim SA) and perception surveys.
Spring is an opportune time to review essential standards at each grade level. Compliance reports are also DUE: School Systems Review (SSR) or Interim-SA (mid-March); District Systems Review (DSR) or Interim-SA (mid-April); Perception Data, Achievement Data and Demographic Data on the School Data Analysis (Practical Deadline late April). Once the strengths and weaknesses have been identified using the four types of data, schools/districts usually finalize their Improvement Plans, Consolidated Application, Program Evaluations and professional learning plans by June 30. Section 31a also due in mid-July.