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School Improvement Process & School Improvement Plan

The School Improvement Process is a continuous process which requires schools to analyze data, create a plan, and monitor & evaluate the effectiveness of the plan as it relates to improved student achievement. The purpose of the School Improvement Plan (SIP) is to improve the quality of teaching and learning, resulting in greater student achievement.

The SIP should be developed with stakeholders and provides the school with a framework for problem solving that includes reviewing data, setting goals, creating an action plan and monitoring progress. Schools are encouraged to continually update, refine and use the plan to guide their work throughout the year.


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What is CIMS?

The Continuous Improvement Management System (CIMS), formerly known as SIP Online, was developed by the Bureau of School Improvement (BSI) to provide districts and schools with a platform for school improvement planning and problem solving.

The system includes:

  • School and district specific data by content that can be easily manipulated
  • School Improvement Plans

The site can be located at 


Common Definitions, Examples and Non-Examples for Items in the School Improvement Plan Template

  Non-example Example

Strategic Goal: Goal which is broag, long range and overarching. Include three Strategic Goals: One for Academic & Authentic Literacy, One for Culture & Climate, One for Intervention & Acceleration.

Improve FSA ELA Proficiency With high expectations, teachers will plan & deliver standards-based instruction and authentic literacy experiences in all content areas for all students.

SMART Goals to be accomplished by successfully reaching the strategic goal. Established for all tested academic areas, Learning Gains, & Lowest 25%, EWS Areas of Concern, Grade Rate, High School Acceleration.

Increase FSA ELA Proficiency

Indicator: FSA Math Achievement, Target: 65%, Year:2017-2018


Alterable elements that could have a potential impact on the strategic goal. (i.e. curriculum, instruction, school environment, etc.)

Lack of parental support at home. Low student motivation. Inconsistent use and lack of teacher knowledge in best practices for standards-based instruction in all content areas.
Resources: Anything that will assist in achieving the goal. Resources can be human or nonhuman such as curriculum materials or programs. Paper, pencils, software, books, computer lab.

Administrators, Academic Coaches, CRT, Curriculum Blueprints, Test Item Specifications, Flip Book, Collaborative Planning Structure, Progress Monitoring Data, Intervention Block, Power Hour.

Strategy: States what will be used to eliminate or reduce the barriers. Common Planning

We will implement facilitated common planning once a week to support teachers' planning and delivery of standards-based instruction.

Strategy Rationale: States the reason the strategy was chosen.  Teachers need Common Planning time.

If we implement, monitor, and support facilitated common planning, then we will have a scheduled time for teachers to plan for standards-based instruction and evaluate student work products. 

Action Steps:

What, Who, When, and Evidence - A description of the action to take place, an indication of who will responsible, when it will occur and with what frequency, as well as what evidence will be collected upon completion.

Coach will facilitate common planning. Create and establish a common planning schedule with identified facilitator/coach, clearly defined protocols, planning timeframe, and expected products.
Determine How the Action Plan Will be monitored for Fidelity of Implementation:

How will the action plan for the strategy will be monitored for fidelity?

Sign-in sheets and agenda at common planning. Develop and utilize administrative schedule for attending and supporting common planning weekly.
Determine How the Strategy Will be monitored for effectiveness: How will the strategy be monitored for effectiveness at reducing or eliminating the barrier? Student Report Cards Leadership team will conduct weekly CWT's to measure impact of common planning on increasing identified instructional look-fors.
Plan to Monitor Progress towards goal and annual targets: What data will be collected and monitored throughout the year? Students will use XYZ program in the reading block. This program helps students read better. Assessments from XYZ reading program will be collected and analyzed during leadership team meetings, common planning, and teacher data chats.